My Rating: 4 stars/5
Synopsis: She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.
I picked up this novel when Alwyn Hamilton was in Toronto as part of the Penguin Teen on Tour stop. I had been meaning to grab this novel as I had been hearing so much about it, though I just hadn’t had the time until the tour.
As this novel has a bit of a western feel to it, I wasn’t entirely sure how I would enjoy it. Since I kept seeing such rave reviews however, I decided to let go of my fears that I would dislike it and just pick it up. Turns out I really enjoyed this novel and absolutely loved the main character as she was such a badass with her guns.
Amani is such a strong, independent female character and I really enjoyed seeing the strength behind her and watching her struggle with whether she can trust Jin or not. I didn’t just love the fact that Amani always has a gun with her when she can, but also the fact that she is an incredibly strong shooter and has almost perfect aim every time she shoots.
Jin, I really grew to love and enjoy his character. Even though I knew he was hiding things about himself from Amani, I fully believed that she could trust him. I am also shipping trash, so I starting shipping Jin and Amani as soon as they laid eyes on each other. I wanted them together and I wanted it to happen as quickly as possible.
I was really entertained by the magic element this novel had and adored how it was a different form of magic then we normally see. With humans that could will things into existence and horses made of sand, there is really no reason to not love this novel.
I cannot wait for book two to arrive as you can bet I will be picking it up quite soon after release. Adding this one to the vault and I recommend you do as well!