Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto, Canada. Rebel of the Sands is her debut novel, a Young Adult Fantasy (2016), which was published in 15 countries. She grew up in France, in a small town, and left for England to study history of art at Cambridge University, then for London, where she put her degree to use working for an auction house.

Alwyn Hamilton is a bit less than thirty. She spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France, where she began to write her own way to new places while developing a weakness for fantasy and cross-dressing heroines. She left France for Cambridge University to study history of art at King’s College, and then to London, where she became indentured to an auction house. As a book lover, she has been accumulating tens of hardcovers in her library, which was rather a bad habit for someone who used to move quite so often.

Rebel of the Sands is her debut novel, a Young Adult Fantasy, and has been acquired by Penguin Young Readers Group in an eight-house auction. Ken Wright, v-p and publisher of Viking Children’s Books, along with senior editor Kendra Levin, closed on North American rights, in a three-book deal, from agent Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency. The book created buzz in 2014 when the manuscript was taken out to international publishers. It has since sold in 15 countries.


The New York Times bestselling novel by the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Debut Author of 2016, published in 15 countries!

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female. Amani Al’Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

This startlingly original Middle-East-meets-Wild-West fantasy reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally embracing her power.

(From the Hardcover edition)

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  1. Rebel of the Sands is a romantic, action-packed and entertaining story. It’s a stunning debut novel which deserves a five stars. An enchanting adventure with a female protagonist. I loved this book!

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