• The Final Battle for the Throne has begun . . .

    All heroes are mortal in the end . . .

  • Watch the trailer for Traitor to the Throne

    This is not about blood, or love. This is about treason
  • New to Rebel of the Sands?

    ‘Tell me how you want your story to go’, he says, ‘and we’ll write it straight across the sand’

    Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town.
    It’s not the place to be poor or orphaned or female.
    And yet Amani Al’Hiza must call it ‘home’.

    Amani wants to escape and see the world she’s heard about in campfire stories.

    Then an foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run.

    But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic.
    The Sultan’s army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion . . .

    An epic story of swirling desert sands, love, magic and revolution.

  • What people are saying

    ‘Winning.’ New York Times

    ‘Hugely entertaining, lushly painted Western with a rich seam of Arabic culture, djinni magic, breathless romance and show-stopping action sequences.’ Bookseller

    ‘Hamilton barely lets the reader pause for breathe and the best news is there is more to come.’ Metro

    ‘Vivid, romantic and wildly entertaining.’ Rae Carson, author of THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS.

    ‘Irresistible…Romantic, thrilling.’ Kirkus

    ‘Hamilton’s strong and exciting novel is full of compelling twists and turns, and the ending will leave readers highly anticipating the final volume.’ Booklist


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'They said the only folk who belonged in Deadshot after dark were the ones who were up to no good. I wasn't up to no good. Then again, I wasn't exactly up to no bad, neither.'

Meet the author

Alwyn Hamilton

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. On graduating  she worked in a bookshop in France, where she rediscovered YA. She then  moved to London where she now lives and put her degree to use working  for an auction house. REBEL OF THE SANDS was her first novel.

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'For the people of the desert knew that it did not matter.
Rebel, Traitor or Hero.
Everyone was mortal in the end.'

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'Midnight dropped like a cloak over the sky like it always did on Shihabian. One minute there were fires and lanterns and stars and moonlight, and then there was just blackness.'

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  • As a child the magic of a dust devil could carry me anywhere I wanted to go.
  • Oasis in the Gobi Desert - Gorgeous
  • Grand Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado...
  • BUILT OF MUD AND STRAW }{ in Aït Benhaddou is a fortified city, or ksar, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco.

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TheRebelSands TheRebelSands @TheRebelSands

Wonderful news: TheRebelSands is now on Instagram! 🎉I’ll try to post often! You can expect reposts of Rebel art/…

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TheRebelSands TheRebelSands @TheRebelSands

Got myself a copy of @AlwynFJH HERO AT THE FALL in paperback! 🏜️✨☀️⚔️
Another one to add to my ever-growing Rebel O…

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TheRebelSands TheRebelSands @TheRebelSands

REBEL OF THE SANDS by @AlwynFJH in hardcover is currently $7.98 on the Barnes & Noble website 📚🏜️🔥✨🐎…

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TheRebelSands TheRebelSands @TheRebelSands

What are are your favorite moments, quotes, scenes, etc. from @AlwynFJH REBEL OF THE SANDS? 🏜️☀️✨🔫🐎…

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Ashleigh Tookey Ashleigh Tookey @AshleighTookey

Finally getting around to finishing Amani’s – The Blue-eyed Bandits – story. Forgot how much I love it, the world,…

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Hero At The Fall quote by @AlwynFJH –“Once there was a boy from the sea who fell in love with a girl from the dese…

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🎉Announcement 🎉 With @AlwynFJH #RebelOfTheSands Trilogy having completed this year, I’ve decided to have a HERO AT…

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TheRebelSands TheRebelSands @TheRebelSands

I’ve been wanting to discuss spoilery things about @AlwynFJH HERO AT THE FALL for a while now, so I may create thre…

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.@AlwynFJH is having a 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaway of REBEL OF THE SANDS swag & books!!🏜️🎄📚🎉🎉 #RebelOfTheSands

9 months ago
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#RebelOfTheSands by @AlwynFJH is nominated for the “Best Of The Best” category in the Goodreads Choice Awards: Best…

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Sam edit based on @AlwynFJH Traitor To The Throne 🏜️✨💎
“The once-nameless boy was quick and clever and had a talent…

11 months ago
TheRebelSands TheRebelSands @TheRebelSands

I recently made a Rebel Of The Sands character edit! 🏜️✨🔥Can’t wait to share it! Any other character edit suggestio…

11 months ago
TheRebelSands TheRebelSands @TheRebelSands

@AlwynFJH Hey Alwyn! Not sure if you’ve gotten this qs. before, but are there any interesting facts about character…

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Elena Niculescu Elena Niculescu @elenaphoto7

I began reading Traitor to the throne yesterday after waiting 10 business days for it and its sibling, Hero at the…

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Do you ever dread reading the last book in a series because you know it’ll be the last and there will be this reall…

1 year ago
Castlefest Castlefest @Castlefest

Alwyn Hamilton is known for her bestselling YA book Rebel of the Sands (#RebelSands). Her strong and exciting novel…

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Trev Trev @amitybear

Nothing quite like reading a really good book on a rainy lunchtime. #RebelSands

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Don’t forget we added @AlwynFJH a bit late to the programme. If you’re coming to #NYALitFest be sure to book your F…

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I just finished reading a book series and burst into sad and happy tears?.. in my defense it was a really good book. #rebelsands @AlwynFJH

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Hero At The Fall is featured in @EpicReads “The 16 Most Anticipated YA Books To Read In March 2018” #HeroAtTheFall

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Sam Sam @AYearToWrite

Just finished Hero at the Fall.
I’m a mess of emotions and really cant say anything coz #spoilers.
Go read the Rebe…

1 year ago
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