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.
This book. OHMYGOD THIS BOOK. If it’s not on your tbr list then what are you doing, this is so worth it. I was so excited to read this book, it was one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. And it did not disappoint. Holy mafroly, what an amazing story.
“I might have traitor eyes, but Jin had the sort of smile that would turn over whole empires to the enemy.”
Amani lives in a desert town called Dustwalk where, easy to say, nothing much happens. She’s dying to get out of there and find her way to the big city. When the handsome Jin comes along and offers her an escape she doesn’t hesitate to take it. But getting to the city isn’t as easy as that and along the journey Amani slowly finds out who she is, what her country is, and also who Jin is.
“When I was just the girl with the gun who could hold her drink and he was just a foreigner. When I was still so certain of everything.”
I love this story so much. It’s so original, right from the first page I just fell in love with it. Amani is, despite her toughness and the fact that she can hold a gun and isn’t afraid to shoot it, just so loveable. Yes, I actually said that. I love Amani. I wanna be like Amani. And Jin.. *sighs* why is he so adorable?! So cute? So.. SOOO! So ahhh!
“Being born doesn’t make a single soul important. But you were important when I met you.”
It’s safe to say, that this book has made it on to my list of favorites. Alwyn has written a killer debut book and I’m super curious to see what else she has in store for us. She definitely has a fan in me. If you hadn’t been planning on reading it, change your mind, because it’s so worth it. Oh, and you can thank me later for that, of course.