Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Amani has great plans to get out and away: out of Dustwalk, away from the mines. Out of the desert and away from the bullies. Out of her uncle's reach, away from a husband who might be chosen for her.
Nothing goes according to Amani's plan, and the adventure begins: a windswept mixture of Arabian Nights and the Wild Wild West, with secret heroes, a train robbery, desert horses made from sand and magic, and a concealed oasis.
All this, and romance too, with a strong-willed main character and a colorful cast of supporting folks including the Rebel Prince, shape-shifting twins, and many hidden secrets.
First in a series -- but the story does not stop on a cliffhanger, which is nice.
Recommended for ages 12 to adult; no cussing, some blood, a few kisses, no sex (yet).
The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern
Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS