The New York Times bestselling novel by the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Debut Author of 2016, published in 15 countries!
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.
Still mourning the hanging of her mother for killing her father, 16-year-old Amani Al'Hiza seeks to escape the quiet, oppressive town of Dustwalk before her uncle takes her as one of his brides. With unusual blue eyes, sharpshooter skills, and no shortage of daring, Amani joins up with Jin, a lawless adventurer. Disguised as a boy, Amani travels with Jin across the desert and the Sand Seas, defending herself against "Nightmares," "Skinwalkers," and the pursuit of the Sultan of Miraji's army and allies. Debut author Hamilton combines elements of Western and Middle Eastern civilization and lore with her own mythology, crafting an enticing, full-bodied story. Upon meeting the Rebel Prince, one of the sultan's sons who promises leadership founded on equality and justice, Amani discovers her true identity and must choose between striking out on her own or defending the prince and his followers against a dangerous weapon. Through some of the metaphors can feel forced ("The rails were as empty as a drunk's liquor bottle on prayer day"), Hamilton successfully mingles romance with thrilling stakes, and hints at a welcome sequel. Ages 12 up.
Love strong female protagonists :)
Very good storyline and LOVE Amani and Jin ❤️.Definitely recommend!
So, when are we getting a movie?
Absolutely loved this book series - even as an adult! A great story that is well-written. Funny, creative, romantic, surprising and thrilling. Love a powerful (and yet authentically imperfect) female main character. Love that the story was mostly about her journey and that romance was tastefully included without being the main focus. Love it all.
I can’t wait for someone to make it into a movie!