Release Date:4th February 2016
Publisher: Faber & Faber
“Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand.”
Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It’s not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al’Hiza must call it ‘home’.
Amani wants to escape and see the world she’s heard about in campfire stories.
Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run.
But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan’s army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion…
An epic story of swirling desert sands, love, magic and revolution.
Here was my initial review on goodreads:
This book had such a good premise and was totally unique! I loved the setting as we don’t read books form this part of the World often and I LOVED the magical side to it. It was really interesting to delve into another World and get a feeling for magical creatures and genies and things!
I feel bad to mention the flaws I found with this book but I have to be honest. I was quite annoyed that the word ‘folks’ was used a lot because I don’t think it suited the area or feel of the setting. Like, to be totally honest it reminded me of Looney Tunes (HANDS UP WHO REMEMBERS THIS!). So that is a really petty thing to mention but I had to.
I felt like I should have connected to Amani but unfortunately I didn’t. I don’t know whether it’s because it’s a short book or what but I just didn’t feel it.
My last little problem was that the battle at the end totally needed slowing down and having more detail in it! Like it felt like all the action in the battle happened in one page and I needed it to slow down because my brain couldn’t function that fast! The last 100 pages were a whirlwind which was good but I would have loved more detail. On a positive note, maybe that’s yet to come?
Overall, I enjoyed the book and the setting and the premise and it was good. I’d recommend it for when you have a bit of spare reading time.
Moo Rating: This is a 3.5 but I couldn’t CHOP A COW IN HALF?! HOW BARBARIC?!