Amalia longs to escape her tyrannical uncle and leave the small town of Dustwalk. When she poses as a boy and enters a shooting contest at the pistol pit, she believes she is on the road to freedom. However, events don’t go as she plans. Instead, she meets Jin and together they end up running from the Sultan’s soldiers. As they travel together, Amalia learns more about her kingdom and where she belongs.
In this cross between a middle eastern and wild west fantasy, Hamilton introduces an intriguing cast of characters and an interesting new world. Amalia and Jin are an exciting team in a setting both familiar and original. Rebel of the Sands is a compelling read for lovers of the gunslingers of the wild west or the djinni of the Arabian Nights.
Recommended ages--12 and up