“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.”
Set in a middle eastern/western desert, Amani lives with her Aunt and Uncle, after her mother was hung a year ago after murdering her husband. With wanderlust and the desire for freedom from marriage and the plain life of a woman, Amani dresses as a boy to compete in a shooting challenge to win money. With perfect aim and extreme skill, Amani faces the final where she realises that the competition is not fare. With the arena up in a blaze of fire, she meets a mysterious foreigner from a place far away, somewhere she longs to go.
“She moved like a storm someone had given steel to.”
It’s really enjoyable to read a POC character and Amani is a really strong young woman who will always do what she believes is right. It is clear from the start that being wed to a man with multiple wives is not what is right for her character. Deciding to leave her family and friend behind, she takes off with the mysterious foreigner where she learns more about the whole world, herself and the people she meets along the way. Through stories and legends, this book is full of fantasy and adventure!
“The world makes things for each place. Fish for the sea, Rocs for the mountain skies, and girls with sun in their skin and perfect aim for a desert that doesn’t let weakness live.”
This is a super easy, quick and fun read; it’s only just over 300 pages and is the first instalment in the trilogy by Alwyn Hamilton. My only critique over this book is that there was no map and with all the towns and traveling, it got a little bit confusion at times. Apart from that, if you love a good book about fantasy, romance, adventure, POC characters and/or strong woman, I would definitely recommend picking this up!
Rating – ★ ★ ★ ★