OMG! This book took me away on a fast paced journey, full of action from the beginning.
Picture Arabian mythology with a cowboy, saloon, western setting where males are everything and women are nothing but property. Living in this world, in a small and poor town, where the only place to work is in the Sultans weapons factory, is the heroine of the story, Amani. She has fought against the rigid society rules her whole life, but, it isn’t until she meets the mysterious, foreigner, Jin that her life begins to change.
‘They said the only folk who belonged in Deadshot after dark were the ones who were up to no good. I wasn’t up to no good. Then again, I wasn’t exactly up to no bad, neither.’
As Amani sets out on her journey to the capital, in order to escape her mean, abusive aunt and uncle and the marriage she will be forced into, she comes across the myths and magic of the First Ones and the Djinni that she knows so well from the campfire stories.
‘Tell me how you want your story to go, he says, and we’ll write it straight across the sand.’
It is a story of growth and trust, as we follow Amani change from someone who cares for no one but herself, to a young girl ready to fight and die for her country and the her friends.
The book is full of lovable characters and is an easy, engaging read full of description. There is an ever present danger and excitement that keeps the pages turning and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.