Published by Orbit
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
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A nobleman’s daughter with magic in her blood. An empire built on the dreams of enslaved gods. Empire of Sand is Tasha Suri’s captivating, Mughal India-inspired debut fantasy.
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…
Empire of Sand is a lush, dazzling fantasy novel perfect for readers of City of Brass and The Wrath & the Dawn.
This was a pretty solid fantasy book, but I didn’t have the same OMG AMAZING reaction that everyone else did. Of course, there were moments when I laughed, when I felt my heart pounding because of the suspense, and moments where I was sad, but all in all, I didn’t feel like I was fully immersed in the book. After reading Empire of Sand, I had trouble describing it to my friends. It simply wasn’t memorable. However, I enjoyed learning more about the Mughal era of India as that era inspired this book.
I will mention that I liked how Mehr, the main character, never gave up. She was strong, she believed in herself, even when it seemed like she would never be able to achieve what she wanted. I’d like to share a handful of quotes about her…
Mehr possessed so very many choices. The choice to run, the choice to stay. The choice to say yes or no; the choice to place X’s neck under the sword alongside hers, or face her fate alone. Layers upon layers of choice, and every single one felt like another cloth pressed over her mouth, slowly suffocating her.
I had a choice. I chose to protect my family. I accept the consequences of that.
Overall, Empire of Sand was okay and I give it 3.5/5 stars.