The Friday 56, #106: Rebel of the Sands

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’re been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“That night I’d looked at my own blue eyes and thought of the Gallen with their pale eyes and light hair. For years I hadn’t understood what my father meant when he’s get into one of his drunken rages and call my mother a foreigner’s whore. But I was fourteen then, old enough to understand that folk didn’t actually believe the dark-eyed desert man my dark-eyed mother was married to was really my father.

Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands was my first five-star read of 2016. I had such a fun time reading this debut novel and fell absolutely in love with the desert setting and characters. You can check out my full review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Goodreads synopsis:

      “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.”

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