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Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her early years bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She left France for Cambridge University to study History of Art at King's College, focusing in on painting in the French Revolution. She then moved to London where she now lives and put her degree to use working for an auction house. Rebel Of The Sands is her first novel.
In a Nutshell: Fantastical feast of espionage, revenge, rebellion and romance | Steeped in magic and myth, this sequel to Rebel of the Sands tingles with tension and the potent appeal of a heroine whose wit and power never let up. Amani is the Blue-Eyed Bandit, a girl who was “made in the sands and sharpened by the desert and who burned with all of its fire”. Almost a year has passed since she fled her hampering hometown, seeking personal liberty, but ending up fighting for freedom with rebels. But then, as her reputation as a ruthless fighter runs rampant, and as the rebellion is on the brink of becoming a war, Amani is kidnapped and imprisoned in the tyrannical Sultan’s palace. Within this realm of intrigue and opulence, the Blue-Eyed Bandit’s survival instinct really kicks in and she determines to unveil the Sultan’s secrets. But, the deeper she delves into his world, and his decadent harem, the more she begins to question who the real villain is… ~ Joanne Owen
February 2016 NewGen Debut of the Month. Smart-talking, sharpshooting Amani Al’Hiza is desperate to flee dead-end Dustwalk to make a better life for herself. While her prospects seem pretty much limited to being married off, the arrival of an enigmatic stranger presents Amani with an opportunity to escape. But their journey across the desert plains is fraught with multiple perils, from the ruthless Sultan’s army, to the menace of mystical beasts. This rollicking romp of a debut, the first in a trilogy, is an intoxicating blend of steam punk-esque Western and Arabian epic. It’s a richly-evoked, action-packed tale of rebellion, revolution, romance and djinni magic, driven by drama and a cast of vividly realised characters. Saddle up and prepare for an unforgettably entertaining ride. ~ Joanne Owen A Piece of Passion from Alice Swan, Commissioning Editor Dear reader, You have in your hands the hottest YA debut of 2016. Imagine the scene: the Faber office was winding down for Christmas. I was mostly eating mince pies and desk tidying and finishing off those last bits and pieces before the break. And then I read Rebel of the Sands. Suddenly I was bursting with energy. We had to publish this book! The team read it, and then word spread and suddenly the whole company were demanding a look and I was getting glowing feedback, from the Managing Director to the Finance Director! We were whisked into the frenzy of a fiercely contested worldwide auction. We were determined that we would win. We would do anything it took . . .So what makes Rebel of the Sands so exceptional? Part Western, part Arabian Nights, this is the most original, genre-busting YA novel I have ever read. The writing is so compelling, the action so edge-of-your-seat exciting that you are swept deeply into a world of sharpshooters, train robberies, festivals under the stars and dazzling djinni magic. It’s a story so rich in plot, character and description that it feels like a feast.Read, enjoy and then join me in spreading the word about a sensational new author and a phenomenal story. JOIN THE REBELLION! Tell us what you think: #rebelsands @faberchildrens