Thursday, August 8, 2019

Review - Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1) by Tasha Suri

Title: Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)
Author: Tasha Suri
Pages: 496
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: 13th November 2018

Blurb from Goodreads: 

The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited.

When Mehr’s power comes to the attention of the Emperor’s most feared mystics, she must use every ounce of will, subtlety, and power she possesses to resist their cruel agenda.

Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance…


My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley*


Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman. Her mother is an Amrithi - a nomadic people descended from the children of the gods and hunted throughout the Empire because of the magic in their blood.
Mehr's mother abandoned Mehr and her sister years ago to return to her tribe.
Mehr's heritage and power draws the attention of the Emperor's mystics who want to use Mehr for their own gain.
Will Mehr let the mystics control her?
Will the gods awaken from their slumber and wreak their revenge?

Going into Empire of Sand, I thought that it would be just another YA fantasy. Luckily, I was wrong.
Mehr was a likeable protagonist. She had been shunned because of her blood and heritage, but she was proud to be Amrithi. I liked how much Mehr cared for her sister.
Amun was an intriguing character who I wasn't sure I would like to begin with.
The plot was interesting and held my attention. It surprised me in a few places.
The setting and cultures in Empire of the Sand were really interesting. I liked how important dancing and sigils were and how they were used.
The romance was sweet and didn't feel forced or unnecessary.
The writing style was easy to follow.
To begin with this did remind me of the Rebel of the Sands books, but Empire of Sand is a unique book set in a unique world that I would definitely like to read more about.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend.


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