Published by Penguin on March 8th 2016
Genres: young adult, fantasy, romance
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.
Amani Al’Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.
Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.
This startlingly original Middle-East-meets-Wild-West fantasy reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally embracing her power.
Okay, I may be just a litttttle bit biased in my review BUT I LOOOOVE THIS BOOK because it features a female sharpshooter. And not just any sharpshooter, but a bloody good one. From the very first page of this book, till the last, I love it so much, and I dare say that this is by far one of my favorite books of 2017. I haven’t read much this year thanks to exams, but hooooly, this book makes me wanna reread it over and over again.
I think it’s safe to say that I am in love with Amani, the main character. She was strong, amazing and I love that her character developed really well. She went from a desperate girl willing to do anything to escape, to someone who puts others before herself in any situation.
YES, I LOVE THE ROMANCE TOO. Jin is swooooon-worthy helloooo. I love him. Though, I love that he’s not as charming as another character (y’all will know who I’m talking about once you’ve read the book). I mean, yeah he speaks pretty words sometimes but not AAAALLLLLL the times ya know?
This whole book was deadass awesome from start till the end, and honestly? I never wanted it to end but oh well, I guess I’ll just have to save up for the next book because I reaaally want more of Amani and her fucking fantastic talents.
I don’t care what others say but y’all need to read this book. It’s amazing, it’s beautiful and it will keep you at the edge of your seat the whole damn time. Boom.