Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Empire of Sand

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 fac...

Details Empire of Sand

TitleEmpire of Sand
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Adult, Fiction

Reviews Empire of Sand

  • James Tivendale
    I received an uncorrected proof copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Tasha Suri and Orbit Books. In Empire of Sand, the original and excellent South Asian influenced fantasy debut of Tasha Suri's we follow the action of Mehr who is an illegitimate but highborn daughter of a governor of the Ambham Empire. It begins when a Daiva which is sort of a winged and taloned spirit invades the castle and infiltrates Mehr's younger sister's ro...
  • karen
    this is one of those “shrug - not for me” books.which i suspected going into it. as much as we are cautioned against judging books by their covers, the whole reason covers exist* is in order to attract the desired audience, and in general, i am neither the audience desired by fantasy authors nor the audience attracted by the “weapon floating on textured background” cover trend. but i’m nothing if not complaisant, so i agreed to give it ...
  • Lola
    It has been a while since I have seen such elegant writing. Tasha Suri’s words are like balm to the soul. They are calming. I devoured them. I couldn’t get enough of them. Until, of course, I could. Here’s the thing: this book starts off strong, very strong. We become acquainted with Mehr, the heroine, as well as her family and friends. Well, friend. She's not exactly popular. There is danger looming and the reader and characters are aware ...
  • Aila
    EMPIRE OF SAND is the kind of book that you have to reread certain parts, or read more slowly, just so you can savor the words, story, and development. At least, that's what I did. Inspired by the Mughal era of India, EMPIRE OF SAND features a resilient heroine who struggles to survive in an empire where her people, the Amrithi, are despised. Throughout her journey, she finds hope and kindness and respect in the unlikeliest of places. Think of it...
  • Liz Barnsley
     LOVED this and banged through it in just a few hours yesterday – an excellent and immediate piece of world building with some beautifully drawn characters and a wonderfully lilting prose that really immerses you deep into Mehr’s world of myth and magic.Using India’s history, epics and myths as inspiration (as per author interview included with the novel) Tasha Suri creates a beautiful, dangerous and fascinating empire and takes the reader...
  • Esmerelda Weatherwax
    I got this one from Orbit/Netgalley – thank you! I’ve been wanting to read this ever since it came on my radar a couple months ago.I didn’t know what to expect from this one, what I got was pretty awesome. This is a story of a girl who doesn’t quite belong anywhere, her mother’s race, the Amrithi, is one that has been increasingly looked down upon by the current ruling class. They are viewed as less than civilized, just some superstitio...
  • The Nerd Book Review
    I always say if I stay up late reading a book it’s a 5* and now I’ve done it 2 nights in a row with this one. I hope to do a review at some point in the not I distant future. The writing was elegant but not overdone and I immediately got into, and stayed in, that movie in my mind I drone on about so often. I’ve discovered I really want a tale where the writing doesn’t get in the way of telling the story and this achieves that wonderfully....
  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    True Rating 4.5 stars!There is a blurb that states that fans of The City of Brass and The Wrath & the Dawn will enjoy reading Empire of Sand and I have to 100% agree. I will also say that although this story is advertised as an adult fantasy it has a YA feel to it, if I had to categorize it I would call it a new adult fantasy. I was intrigued from the start with the introduction of Mehr and her life as an illegitimate daughter of the Governor of ...
  • Laura
    I fell in love with Suri’s Mughal-Indian fantasy at page one. Mark your calendars for fall 2018, because you don’t want to miss this stunning debut!! Perfect for Juliet Marillier and SA Chakraborty fans.
  • Rosie Rizk
    On its own, the book isn't that great. It's a slow and long journey with lots of dark bits. It's the writing that turns this book into an entrancing read. The prose flows wonderfully, exotically, making it hard to put down, even though I wasn't that into the story itself. There's also a fascinating magic system that's based more on unearthly creatures and rites than on the traditional western magic we're used to. Together with the writing style, ...
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    An arc of this book was sent to me by Orbit Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Rating: 3.5/5Empire of Sand is a stunning and beautifully written book. With it's lyrical prose, Empire of Sand took me into an epic fantasy world that explored the lengths one must go to find love. Although the first half of the book was rather slow and tedious, the ending half was just intense and fast-paced! It had me on the...
  • Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
    4.5 stars rounded up because this was pretty dang wonderful. It was so richly written, in setting and character and emotion. It was actually a bit slow for me to get through because it was so dense and rich, but in a good way. I had to take my time! I'm pretty sure this is a standalone, which I also love because I liked getting to see the story through to the end. It's such an intoxicating blend of choice and freedom and ritual and love- lots of ...
  • Fran
    Blurb to come. Once my heart goes back inside my chest.
  • Skye ~ A Court of Binge Reading
    ** Thank you to NetGalley and Orbit for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review**Empire of Sand is much more than a fantasy book. It's a love letter to hope, to finding strength in impossibly daunting situations, and to being kind solely for the sake of being kind. Tasha Suri weaves a spell-binding tale that truly brought me to tears. The main characters, Mehr and Amun, crept their way into my heart with each turning page. Plot Prep...
  • Catriona
    A powerful tale of magic and legend and rites, i loved it!It's also nice to read a book that feels so different to western myth and legend without it feeling like a commodity, i found it really beautiful to read about the dance rites and the bonds of partnership and balance with the elements.
  • Jeffe Kennedy
    I very much enjoyed this fantasy with romantic elements. The world-building and magic system are delightfully fresh and beautifully rendered with the cultures occupying the landscape. Mehr is a heroine for the ages, sheltered and yet strong, with a wonderful journey. Her arranged marriage and how she and her husband fight against overwhelming odds are also original and satisfying. A bit of a slow start, but persevere because this is well worth th...
  • Luchia Houghton
    I loved this! Can't wait to see more from Tasha - will be writing up my full review and posting to my blog nearer to the time.Physical ARC received from the publisher, thank you! <3
  • Kara
    3.5-3.75 stars. This book isn't officially YA, but I can see it having a lot of appeal for that audience given the protagonist, the romantic relationship, and the style of writing. I really enjoyed the strong female characters, most especially Mehr, and of course you can't help but love secret softie Amun. I also quite liked the diverse settings and unique worldbuilding, though it takes a lot of set up to explain everything, and the plot can be k...
  • Alicia
    http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2018/09...So this is an interesting and engaging fantasy novel sort of inspired by the Mughal Empire of India, centered on a woman who is half magic on her mom's side (I really don’t feel like explaining the world building and magical system here, so just go with it), and what happens when the creepy religious leader of their empire finds out about her. I liked the central relationship here a lot, as well as all th...
  • Free_dreamer
    Loved it. What a brilliant story.
  • Billie
    I loved the setting and the characters, I only wish the story had done something new, rather than following such a well-trod path.
  • Joe Jones
    What a start to a new Fantasy series! I loved everything about it from the world building, characters, setting, mythology, and even the bit of romance. Perfect for fans of City of Brass or those looking to move beyond the typical Western Fantasy story. Get ready to reorder your best of the year list after you immerse yourself in this world. My only regret is it does not come out until November so I cannot start handing it out to people now.