Summary from Goodreads:
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.
What I Liked:
Characters. Amani was a kick-ass main character and I loved the fact that the novel solely followed her point of view. I loved all of the side characters and I'm excited to see where the romance goes in the series. (thankfully no love triangles!)
World Building. The plot, the world, and the lore/powers was the main reason I enjoyed the novel compared to other Young Adult fantasy/action.
Writing. I'm a fan of Hamilton's writing style and I will reading more of her novels in the future.
What I Disliked:
Pacing. I lost interest near the end of the novel and it took me months to finally finish it. I think the audiobook format may have contributed to my struggle. I may read the next one in print. I did feel that the plot and pacing could have been quicker.
I recommend checking out this great fantasy novel, it has amazing world building and female characters.
4.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars