This book arrived with my very first Uppercase Book Box in March 2016, and I was really excited to receive it. In fact, it’s such a good YA fantasy novel that I read it through in one day. I can’t wait to read the next book, but it’s not because this ends on a cliff-hanger or fails to have an ending, like some novels. It’s a very good story, all on it’s own. I just want more of the world, as soon as possible.
Amani, the main character, is fierce and fiesty, and she lives in a world that’s not kind towards women. This book is advertised as the Wild West meets Arabian Nights, and I think that’s a solid comparison. The culture of this created world is deep, rich, and fascinating. There’s tons of world building, but it’s incorporated so gracefully into the story and plot that it never feels unnatural, forced, or confusing.
Throw in some serious conflict, almost constant adventure, a touch of magic, and a huge rebellion, and this book is just good, from start to finish. I’m really excited about how many great YA fantasy novels have been published in the past year. I just wish I didn’t have to wait for all the sequels.