Rating: 4.5 stars
I was really surprised to find out that this book was a debut. I didn’t expect much when I first got this and when I read it, it blew me away completely! This book is amazing!
“You are this country, Amani.” He spoke more quietly now. “More alive than anything ought to be in this place. All fire and gunpowder, with one finger always on the trigger.”
Amani is a girl of the dessert. After the death of her mother she is forced to live with her cruel aunt and uncle, treated as though a slave. Quick and lethal with a gun, Amani enters a shooting contest disguised as a boy, hoping to escape her uncles hold on her with the prize money. There she encounters Jin, a mysterious and charming foreigner wanted for treason, and possibly her only ticket out of Dustwalk. But Jin has an agenda of his own, and soon they find themselves diving headfirst into trouble.
I loved this book so much! Amani is a spitfire heroine, wild and dangerous. She’s not some irritatingly perfect character, she has flaws makes mistakes, and that’s what makes her real. With her smart mouth and blazing personality she quickly endeared herself to me. The secondary characters were actual people, not just flat puppets filling in roles. They were each unique in their own way, and really added to the plot.
The storyline was brutal, honest, and beautiful. In the beginning I thought it was a western book, but it quickly evolved into an amazing fantasy, filled with magic, monsters, and enemies at each turn. This story was fresh, a nice change from your usual fantasy books.
I still can’t believe this was Alwyn Hamilton’s first book. I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good book. Fans of The Wrath and the Dawn and Grisha will love this book. It’s definitely going on my list of 2016’s Top Books!