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Publisher's Summary

Sixteen-year-old sharpshooter Amani Al'Hiza never doubted she'd escape the miserable one-horse desert town where she was born. Getting out had always been the plan. But she never figured she'd wind up running for her life - with a boy wanted for treason.
When Amani enters a disastrous shooting contest against Jin, a rakish foreigner, she has no idea of his connection to the ongoing war between the ruthless Sultan of Miraji and his exiled son, the Rebel Prince. But soon the pair are fleeing across a desert crawling with vicious bandits, terrifying ghuls, and powerful djinni, and the sultan's army is getting closer every day.
When Amani and Jin stumble across the ruins of a town destroyed by an unearthly fire, it's clear the war's stakes are higher than either of them realized. The Rebel Prince has a secret weapon, and now he wants Amani to join his revolution.
All Amani ever wanted was to escape the desert and find adventure - but will the desert let her go?
©2016 Blue-Eyed Books (P)2016 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"Narrator Soneela Nankani blends sass, longing, grit, and tenderness to make Amani and her fantastical world believable.... Nankani shifts easily as she presents adventure, rebel confrontations, humor, romance, and a huge cast of realistic and magical characters." (AudioFile)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Vanessa on 04-20-16

Magic, Genie's, Prince's, and battles!! Love it!!

I love the story and the details were amazing as the story was being read. It made sense to have a female narrator but her voice was a little irritating as she kind of spoke in a high tone at times but luckily the writing was on point with descriptions and well thought out details. I love the story line and characters... im highly recommending 🤓

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2 out of 5 stars
By Geekella on 03-14-16

Inconsistent Character Elements

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If Amani was consistent and believable. There is no explaining on how she's a sharp shooter in a society that oppresses women. And then there is the whole fact that Amani was willing to possibly die for a stranger because she feels bad for him, but then she leaves a different guy for dead that had already saved her life twice. It just didn't make character sense, especially since the author didn't take time in the narration to explain why Amani treated these situations so differently.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I thought Jin himself was the most interesting. The least interesting was the lack of details on gun shooting in a book whose synopsis says that Amani is more gunpowder than girl. I dunno, I guess I expected a cool gun element but all we get is bland sentences about the fact that Amani shot her gun.

What does Soneela Nankani bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She made me last longer because if it were me reading traditionally, I would have stopped way sooner.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

This is the author's first published book, and it seems to be getting a lot of positivity from most people who have read it so far. I think she has a lot of potential to improve. I loved the premise of this story and I thought she had the right idea about Amani and I thought Jin was charming. I'm sure she will improve.

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