Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton

Staff Pick

Miraji is an unforgiving place, where monsters roam the sands and djinn perform magic. Amani has survived thus far by the barrel of her gun: she’s a sharpshooter with perfect aim, and dreams of escaping the town of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, she finally sees a way out. It turns out, however, that meeting him is just the start of Amani’s adventure. The Middle East meets the Wild West in Alwyn Hamilton’s debut fantasy. With heart-stopping action, gorgeous world building, and characters as fiery as the desert setting, Rebel of the Sands (Viking, $18.99) makes for a wickedly fun read. Ages 12-15.