Corrupt kingdoms, disgraced princes, mystical beasts and a heroine who is more than she appears to be--what more could you ask for in a story? Alwyn Hamilton's debut novel is a little bit western and a little bit middle eastern fantasy-- a delightfully satisfying combination. Amani is a teenage girl as tough and gritty as the desert she calls home, who is desperate to escape her aunt and uncle before she is married off. A skilled sharpshooter, she sees her chance at a new life in the form of the prize money from a saloon shooting competition--but in order to compete, she'll have to disguise herself as a boy. Predictably, all does not go according to plan. Instead of slipping into the night with a tidy sum of gold, Amani finds herself fleeing for her life on the back of a mythical sand horse with a fugitive whom she's not sure she can trust. Rebel of the Sands, is the perfect book for when you want to be enveloped in fantasy. Hamilton is a skilled storyteller, and you'll find yourself lost in the vivid desert world she creates, and falling in love with the believable and beautifully flawed characters.