I didn’t really have any expectations going into this book but omg it was so good. Sometimes after I finish the first book in the series, I decide not to even pick up the next book but I’m actually really interested in continuing. This book, once I started reading for longer than 30 minutes, was one that I couldn’t stop reading. It had me staying up way past midnight and I just couldn’t stop reading.
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.
The main character is bad ass. Amani doesn’t let her ‘lesser’ gender stop her from doing things like becoming one of the best shooters in her town. I really liked her and I never got mad when she did certain things like I sometimes do when I read. She was someone I could see myself being friends with because she says F it to the gender stereotypes that her town and family placed on her. She is definitely one of my favorite characters that I’ve read about recently.
There’s also romance in this book but it develops gradually and I really loved it. I think the 2 characters are great for each other and there was nothing forced. You could tell who was going to get together once you started the book but it actually took a decent amount of time for the romance to get going.
I loved the idea of mystical creatures and first creations living in this world. They were an interesting touch that made the story that much more interesting. This was something that other westerns I’ve read haven’t really had and this was something that I really liked and now I want to read more books like it. I have bought Walk on Earth a Stranger and hopefully, that is slightly similar to this one!
I will say that while I loved the book, it did get boring at sometimes and the world building was a little iffy at times. But I mean what do you expect when you’re reading a book set in the desert. Now when I say it got boring, I just mean that I ended up skimming over some of the paragraphs about her traveling. This isn’t a terrible thing, it was just that there were too many paragraphs about her travels across the desert.
I cannot wait to pick up the second book and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes YA fantasy books! The next book comes out in paperback this January which means I don’t have long to wait! I knew I didn’t say too much about this book but I hope that you think about picking this up!