Publisher: Faber and Faber (4th February 2016)
I'd heard a lot of hype about this book so I started it with high expectations. It was original, exciting and romantic - everything I wanted it to be!
The premise of a Western meets the Arabian Nights gave this a fresh slant. I loved the fantastical elements set against the Western setting and all of the action associated with this genre. The world building was just brilliant and gave a lot of scope for sequels.
All of the characters in this book were really compelling! Amani was a great MC, with a huge amount of guts and principles that drove the plot. Even the most minor characters were well-drawn and realistic, which was helped by the witty, believable dialogue.
Last but not least was the romance. The relationship between Amani and Jin was perfectly paced: It held out just long enough to keep my attention, though unlike some books there was plenty of chemistry and romantic moments.
This is a brilliantly written, compelling book and I can't wait for the sequels!
If you liked the sound of this, now try:
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (reviewed here http://www.yaundermyskin.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Renee%20Ahdieh)
Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (reviewed here http://www.yaundermyskin.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Ember%20in%20the%20Ashes)