Friday, May 13, 2016
Book Review: Rebel of the Sands
Book 1 in a new series
AUTHOR: Alwyn Hamilton
PUBLISHED: March 8th, 2016
PREMISE: In the land of Miraji, a young girl gets caught up in revolution when she comes across a mysterious man in a sharp shooting contest.
MY REVIEW: I admit it: I picked this one up mostly due to the cover. I mean look at that thing. It's gorgeous. It's even prettier in person because the gold is all shiny. Seriously, kudos to the cover artist. Unfortunately the book itself...doesn't live up to the cover or how awesome the premise: a fantasy-western sounded.
The writing is competent entertainment wise. The author has lots of action happening, the setting is vividly described. This is a very fast-paced book. It's just, as with most of these things lately, the details make it fall apart. The world-building is shaky to say the least, the characters are...okay. They get you interested, but they don't feel very developed. The romance was out of nowhere and honestly a little lack luster.
This was a competent book. It was just a very paint-by-numbers sort of book. The only thing that set it apart from all of the other fantasy YA books out there was the western-fantasy aspect of it. Other then that setting...this was a very typical YA adventure book. It's not a bad book. It's just nothing really to rave about either. It's a decent enough debut, but ultimately that's all it is: decent enough.
WHO SHOULD READ: those looking for light fantasy adventure
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five shrugs