Goodreads: 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.
This is the type of book where it’s best not to know anything other than the synopsis when you start. So my apolgies for keeping this short and vague.
Things I liked:
– Desert fantasy setting
– POC characters
– Magical creatures
Things I didn’t like:
– Lack of world building
– Slow as molasses plot until the last 50ish pages
– Zero character connection
– Characters fell flat
– Telling instead of showing
– I smell a future love triangle
– More Western feel than Middle Eastern feel
This book is more like a long introduction to the start of s series. All this book really does is set up the main plot (in the last 50ish pages) for the series, and introduce you to characters.
This is more of a 2.5 than a 3, but because there is potential I rounded up. I am interested in reading the sequel when it is released because the Middle Easter meets Wild West setting is new, and the religion being Islamic-esque instead of Catholic-esque is unique for Fantasy.