Title: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Performer: Soneela Nankani
Length: 9 hr, 35 min, 55 sec
Series: Rebel of the Sands, Book 1
Publishing Date/Publisher: 2016 by Recorded Books
Review: I have been on a fantasy kick lately, and I am very excited about this series. More often than not I will read the first book in a fantasy series, and then move on. Not the case with this series. I was downloading the second book before I even finished this one in anticipation of continuing the story.
Sometimes it takes awhile for a story to really rope in the reader. This book had me hooked from beginning to end. Although I am not quite behind the rebellion itself 100% yet, I am 100% behind the heroine of the story, Amani. This book had just the right amount of action and romance to keep me invested, and it has really set the stage for the books that follow. I can only imagine that the story will getter better as it continues to build.
The performer they picked for this book was very well chosen. Her melodic voice is an absolute pleasure to listen to, and I was very happy to discover that she is a woman of Indian/Ghanaian descent. I looked up a photo of her online, and she is very much what I would have pictured the main character to look like, sans the unnaturally blue eyes.
On a completely different note, I LOVE the cover art featured above. I was a bit dismayed when I saw that the cover art had been revamped for more recent editions, and I was shocked when I realized that the new cover art for the first book is a bit of a spoiler! One of the most critical reveals in the story is actually evident on the new cover. This surprises me, as I would think that such things would be vetted by the publisher BEFORE release. I’m just glad that I got to the reveal before I started browsing for the second book and saw the new cover art.