Rebel of the Sands – Noors Review

Hi loves,

As you know I love to read and ramble about what I’ve read, so here is another book review.

Firstly, ‘Rebel of the Sands’ what a beautiful name, it drew me in instantly. Secondly, look at the book cover, its so beautiful. Yes, I did judge book by the name and the cover and bought it, and it definitely was a judgement in my favor.

‘The Rebel of the Sands’ by Alwyn Hamilton follows a girl named Amani who is desperate to leave the burning, sandy hell of Dustwalk. The book is about her journey from being a lone runner to becoming a soldier as part of an army (not in the literal sense). Amani desperate to flee her home town,  gets caught up in the ‘heart of a fiery rebellion’, which leads her to her true destiny. Amani finds that she is more than she has ever thought she could be and there are lot of other remarkable characters along the way.

What I liked about the book:

  • I love the setting of the book, I thoroughly enjoy reading books set in the burning heat of the all consuming, never ending desert.
  • Amani, her character is quite a unique one. I like her character development from being  ‘each woman for her own’ to ‘actually I give a shit about other people’. One of my favourite things about Amani is that she is an experienced shooter with a perfect aim. She uses her gun as it is her second nature.
  • It’s a easy read.
  • I liked that Hamilton drew on some middle-eastern features but didn’t set the book in this world.
  • I was grateful for Shazads character, easily one of my favorites. She is strong, fearless and inspirational female leader. I definitely want to see more of her in the upcoming books.

What I did not like so much:

  • I felt the pace was a little slow, all the good stuff happened in the last hundred or so pages.
  • Nothing was really shocking, making it a little predictable.
  • Also some of the terms used were little confusing, I was sat there wondering what half of them meant (should’ve googled them really).
  • I wanted more ‘it’ moments, when you’re mouth just drops in realisation/shock/wonder.

Favorite Quote:

“The world makes things for each place. Fish for the sea, Rocs for the mountain skies, and girls with sun in their skin and perfect aim for a desert that doesn’t let weakness live.”


I did enjoy the book, despite some of my dislikes. I think it is worth a read. I will be reading the next book in the series (Which the writer informed me via twitter will be approx Feb/March 2017).

Alwyn Hamilton -Twitter

I gave the book 3/5 stars on my goodreads.


That is all, let me know if you have read this book? Or leave some recommendations for me.

Noor ♥