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

Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)

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 (The Books of Ambha, #1)

TitleEmpire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Romance, Adult, Young Adult

Reviews Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)

  • jessica
    i love going into books with no expectations because if it doesnt work out, no hurt feelings. but if it does work out, then the surprise completely makes my day. and what a delightful surprise this was!what really caught me is how much substance there is in this story, especially for a debut novel. the feeling i had after finishing this reminded me of how i feel after a nice meal - completely satiated and wonderfully content. and there is so much...
  • 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 roo...
  • karen
    NOW AVAILABLE!!!!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 a...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Mehr lives in a world where she is only half accepted. The Ambhan people have conquered and destroyed the Amrithi, and as a woman with parents from both worlds, she struggles to find her place as a worshipper of the old Amrithi gods and traditions. When the Emperor’s mystics take note of her Amrithi powers, they force her into a marriage with one of their own, and Mehr becomes a very important pawn in a deadly game of men, gods, and demons. Wh...
  • Will Byrnes
    When you dance with the Rite of Dreaming, you dance with the gods. Mehr’s got it made, I guess, There were perks to being the Governor of Irinah’s daughter—even an illegitimate one. People obeyed you. Servants rushed to your bidding. Even the ones who loathed you—and there were many—were forced to veil their contempt and keep their loathing eyes lowered. All people faced hatred. All people suffered. Few had the cushion of wealth and p...
  • Vibur
    All things considered, Empire of Sand was... slow, to put it aptly. But despite the plodding pace, sparseness of action and leisurely plotting, I was absolutely absorbed in the writing. The story was sensually imagined, shot through with a stunning poignancy, and I loved how the richness of Indian culture was artfully distilled into the language.The plot itself was simple enough, surprisingly. And yet, there was something about it that reached de...
  • Emma
    Mehr has magic in her blood; a little spark of the divine passed down through generations, gifting some of the Amrithi with amata, allowing them to see daiva and dance rituals that shape the powerful dreams of sleeping gods. When she mistakenly unveils her true potential under a sky filled with dreamfire, it doesn’t take long for the Emperor’s mystics to arrive at her door, prepared with a scheme that will lead her to a mysterious desert temp...
  • 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 ...
  • Charlotte
    as part of my feminist speculative fiction reading challenge!“Both of us then. We saved one another.”Well, I took a bit of a break from reviewing during summer school but I'm back with an absolute BANGER of a 2018 debut release, wherein I may or may not have cried about pillow forts. Spoilers follow!So What’s It About?Mehr is the daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother – exiled because the Amrithi are nomadic outcast...
  • Will.J.R. Gwynne
    My expanded review for Empire of Sand is now on Booknest! Looking forward to the publication of the sequel in a few months... Empire of Sand reviewEmpire of Sand was a great debut by Tasha Suri that I thoroughly enjoyed. It has definitely made sure that I will read its sequel, Realm of Ash.The world building and culture was efficiently depicted, and something I easily understood although I have not read many books with the influence of Indian cul...
  • Kayla
    Read my full review on GracelingAccountant.THIS IS CURRENTLY ON SALE FOR 2.99 ON AMAZON FOR KINDLEHey ya’ll!While requesting an Advanced Reader Copy of Sisters of the Winter Wood from Orbit recently, I was offered an ARC of Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri and I jumped at the chance. I’m a sucker for a desert fantasy, and I knew I would love this one but I never expected just how much. This has come to be a new favorite book for me, and I can’t...
  • Umairah | Sereadipity
    Plot: 4/5 Characters: 5/5. Writing: 5/5Empire of Sand was an intricate story inspired by Mughal India. The world building was spectacular, I felt fully immersed in the culture and history.It tells a tale of a noblewoman called Mehr who had an Amrithi mother and an Ambhan father. The Amrithi were desert people who were said to be descended from the daiva (in the book the daiva are the children of the gods) and can perform special rites through dan...
  • 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...
  • Samantha Shannon
    An ode to the quiet, fierce strength of women, with a magic system based on dance, set in a world conjured by the dreams of gods. Pure wonder.
  • Lata
    I quite liked this debut work based on Mughal India, with the protagonist Mehr being an illegitimate daughter of an Ambhan governor (and noble), and an Amrithi mother. The Amrithi are the conquered people of the land, and originally descended from daiva (elemental beings). The Amrithi are reviled, and live on the margins, in hiding, and in the desert.When Mehr one night performs an Amrithi ritual dance (think bharatnatyam with its stylized gestur...
  • Beatrice in Bookland
    "I don't want to see the world. I want to see our future. I want to see you."Empire of sand starts off with 100 boring af pages but trust me, keep reading. It gets so much better!
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/11/11/...In the lusciously written Empire of Sand, debut author Tasha Suri takes readers on a journey to a south Asian-inspired fantasy world full of mysterious magic and spirits. A strong and alluring intro eventually gave way to a rather mild and slow-moving plot which is why I am only tentatively embracing this book with a middling rating, and because I didn’t find my attention...
  • 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 w...
  • Esme
    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...
  • Scrill
    Thank you to Orbit for the ARC for review.
  • Adah Udechukwu
    Empire of Sand started slow, it started really slow. The novel was slow throughout. Empire of Sand is devoid of action and I love a lot of action .I tried to love the novel but I couldn't.Empire of Sand is meant to be a standalone novel.Why the author made it a series eludes me.
  • Shealea
    11/25/2019 - My second time reading this literary gem! I really wanted to reread (and tab my physical copy) before diving into its sequel, Realm of Ash, despite it being a standalone novel..Full review to follow but here are my quick thoughts:- South Asian culture!!! Hauntingly beautiful desert setting!!! Indian and Hindu influences!!! Phenomenal world-building!!!- Complex power apparatuses and systems!!! Empire of Sand brilliantly encaptures how...
  • 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. The Nerd Book ReviewThe 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. This novel which is about 80% ish 1 POV of a...
  • Stephanie
    I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars! It genuinely blew me away - it is one of the BEST romantic fantasy novels I have ever read, and I absolutely devoured it (and will be re-reading it many, many times in the future, too). The politics, the magic and the characters are all so rich and complex, with SO many layers beyond the surface; in all three areas, things that I understood in one way at the beginning surprised me again and again t...
  • Olivia
    More books like this one, please?Empire of Sand is a South Asian inspired fantasy. It's Tasha Suri's debut. It follows Mehr, who is a a very interesting character. She's living with her stepmother, forbidden from practising the customs of her mother's culture. The plot takes a while to get going, and the author carefully introduces Mehr's culture, but it led to me struggling to emotionally connect with the protagonist.The world building in this b...