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Primordial Dust

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A princess, trained to behave. An assassin, betrothed to her. A thief, whose eyes she dreams of at night. A kingdom at war, torn apart by the suppression of magic and truth, as well as family secrets that threaten to destroy decades of peace.

Questions of loyalty, of morality, and of free will culminate in a fantasy novel about forging one’s own path and choosing one’s own
Published June 29th 2014 by Smashwords Edition (first published June 23rd 2014)
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Michelle Willms
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, ya
Sarah Daltry has once again written an absolute winner. Though this was her first foray into YA fantasy, her outstanding writing skills and excellent character creation continued unabated. Her world-building was phenomenal. I devoured this book in a period of a few too-short hours. Daltry always packs an emotional punch into her work. This is not a fluff piece. This a deep philosophical work disguised as fantasy. Read and be amazed. Primordial Dust is one of those books that haunts the reader lo ...more
Olivia-Savannah  Roach
This review and others can be found on Olivia's Catastrophe:

I am going to be completely honest. I picked up this one for review because I thought it was by Sarah Dalton, not Sarah Daltry. Umm… honest mistake made there xD In fact I hadn’t even realised the mistake I’d made until I started to write this review. Maybe this tells you something about my character, and maybe it doesn’t xD

I am going to start off this review by saying that this book was very wel
Kristen Cansler
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-review, r2r
Y'all, I seriously cannot get enough of Sarah Daltry! She's quickly making a spot in my favorites list. Dust is so different than the first book of hers that I read, Backward Compatible. But it blew me away in just the same manner. She proved that she can hold her own in fantasy with this book. It was flawless. As a fantasy fan, I absolutely adored getting lost in Dust.

Sarah Daltry has a knack for world building and it shows. Her writing is so rich and descriptive that you find yourself lost f
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review**
Original review along with a giveaway can be found here:

This book is a fantasy book, it's not one of my stronger genres, however I was sucked into it. I started reading and enjoyed myself immensely. The formatting of the book at first was hard to get into, it jumped back and forth between past and present until it all came together in present. I understand why it had to be done that w
Amber Sumner
I was really, really excited to get to read an ARC copy of a book for the very first time before the book was even released! Unfortunately, I couldn't give this book as much praise as I had hoped. While I was intrigued by the concepts in the book and enjoyed the characters immensely, the plot had a lot of holes that left me wanting. Had this book been a bit more linear and easier to follow, I think it could have been a bestseller in the YA circles. That being said, this book had good bones, it j ...more
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
First let me say that I was gifted this book as an ARC before Sarah Daltry published it, I signed up to review because the synopsis of the book interested me. I loved Sarah Daltrys Flowering series (the original adult version)

I started reading this book in July 2014! and got to 74% (I pushed on to read it for the release event) at this stage I was informed that Sarah informed readers that the book was to be picked up by a publisher.

So I stopped reading as the book was just not engaging me. It
Christina J.
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*spoiler free*

Primordial Dust happens in the kingdom of Anora and centers around Princess Alondra. When we first meet her she's on the battlefield commanding the army and looking over the deaths that has happened. Part one of the book we get to see what happens in the present, but also before that, what happened before the battle took place. Here we see two very different sides of Alondra, the bored Princess in the past and the Princess in charge. Alondra wasn't happy with her planned marriage w
Nerisa  Eugenia Waterman
What do you get when you have a Princess…An Assassin…A Thief…And A World torn apart by War? Well….you get Sarah Daltry’s newest epic fantasy “Dust.”

A former English Teacher and YA Library Coordinator, Sarah Daltry has always had passion for books. When it comes to writing her own books, Sarah Daltry loves to weave magic and beauty, and in her latest novel “Dust,” which makes its debut on November 7, 2014, Sarah Daltry has created an epic fantasy that transforms you to a world… like no other worl
Sue Holmes
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Received free advance copy for honest review.

Beautiful, seductive writing combined with whirlwind twists that kept me spellbound throughout the book. I was swept further and further in to the story, all the while seamlessly flipping back and forth in time, until the past catches up with the present and we begin to understand where true loyalties and destinies lie.

I adore the three main characters - the princess, assassin and thief - they are so well developed that they bring to the table their o
I made it through to 27% and did not finish the book

It looked like a really great read based on the blurb and I was really looking forward to reading it. But the switch back and forth between past and present was really not working for me and I was having a very difficult time connecting to any of the characters. Alondra was a spoiled princess in her "before" life and there wasn't enough of her character shown to me by this point to find anything to like about her in her current version.
A. Fae
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By Sarah Daltry
Upon starting Dust by Sarah Daltry, my first thoughts were somewhere along the lines of, "Oh great, another teenage girl who's going to save the world." But there are some books that just speak for themselves and put the reader in her place when it comes to prejudging without proper evidence in either direction, and this is definitely one of those.

So yeah! Oh great, indeed, another teenage girl who's put in charge of saving the world! When we meet Alondra, it's with stark, dis
Ashley Ferguson
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of YA fantasy. It's my favorite genre, and I always jump at the chance to read something new and different. And Sarah Daltry delivers in her first foray into YA fantasy! Sarah's books have always been very character-based, and this story is no different. I absolutely loved getting to know Alondra, Seamus, Tevlin, and Layla and their world.

I thought the pacing in this book was really excellent. There are jumps between the past and present, but the chapters fit together seamlessly a
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read fantasy. That is why I went into this book without any expectations. I was pleasantly surprised though, with this book. I really enjoyed going on this adventure with Alondra.

Story: The author has created such a great atmosphere that you are transported into the world of this book when you start reading it. I could easily imagine the surroundings, Anara and the other places. The story is really good and very interesting! There were a lot of twists I didn't see coming. It is v
Ann Marie
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where to start; first I love stories like this. If you like stories about magic, Prince’ and Princess’ then I think you will like this.

This story starts out in the NOW then we go back and forth between now and then, which usually for me I do not like but in this instance I found it not so annoying. I usually will get lost in the then/now chapters but I have to say not in this book. Well written and I could follow along just fine.

This story is about; I want to say love but I know it’s deeper th
books are love
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alondra is a spoiled princess who is strongwilled. She doesn't listen to others nor does she care what they want. Thinking they are all against her happiness and hating her life she becomes a brat at times. She is spoiled to the core for sure. When she is told to marry she throws tantrums but that doesn't deter her parents. They do choose a mate for her from Demoria. the assassin town.

Seamus is Alondra's betrothed. A assassin with morals and compassion. He is also feared and respected by his to
In ‘Dust’ we meet Alondra, a spoiled princess who doesn’t want to do anything all to serious and involving responsibilities. When Alondra’s parents decide to arrange a marriage for her with an assassin called Seamon, Alondra is furious. Unfortunately for Alondra she is the only one who can take over the throne and now it’s time for her to take her responsibility. Soon after the engagement party Alondra’s world changes forever. Her home is attacked and before Alondra can comprehend what is happen ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ya
Recommended to Darlene by: sarah dalty
Primordial Dust by Sarah Daltry is so fabulously written. You will believe that you are right there with the Princess and her Betrothed. I received my book in the mail on a Saturday afternoon and could not put it down till I had completed it. I had to keep going and reading each word. It is just that awesome!! Do I have you interested yet???

Well let me tell you a little about it.

You see -- there are these kingdoms and in this one the King &Queen of Kooram. They decide it is time for their d
Rosie Amber
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primordial Dust is a fantasy book. Set in the Kingdom of Anora with magic and mages, plus a destiny to fulfil. Princess Alondra finds herself on a battlefield in command of the military with no experience after an attack on the kingdom. The book is set in five parts. Part one goes back and forth between then and now, before the battle and after. We are told that Alondra was a bored Princess, disobedient and unhappy about a planned marriage to Seamus. But after the attack, few are left and she mu ...more
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
You can read the full review on my blog(:

What I didn't like:

I wasn't able to fully understand the magic system in the world of Dust- is it something anyone could learn, or hereditary? Who issued the prophecy about Alondra, Seamus, and Tevlin? What exactly happened in the much-referenced Wars? The backstory for the book definitely needed more fleshing out. I would have been able to comprehend and connect to the current story if I got the references and the histories of the world and the characte
Madison Woods
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dust by Sarah Daltry was a very intense read, I have to say. The first book I ever read by Sarah Daltry was Backward Compatible and then I was hooked on her cute little nerd reads, but when I was offered a chance to review Dust, I was blown away by how the intensity was drastically changed from her contemporary novel featuring Pete Clark.

The story follows Alondra from her past to present, which can get a little confusing at the beginning but 50 pages in, you will have your mind on the right trac
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually read fantasy books, preferring to stick to paranormal or contemporary. But Primordial Dust is a good example of why I delve into the fantasy genre from time to time. The author has created an intriguing world and offers a storyline that keeps you thinking and guessing until all of this world's secrets are finally revealed.

Alondra's character goes through the most growth, going from a spoiled teen to a woman who can rule her people after her journey is complete. I really liked tha
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a very good book overall.
I think the writer has amazing potential, her story telling abilities are right up there with JK Rowling, Robert Jordan, and Christopher Paolini... only she's in desperate need of a good editor. I love that all this new talent can hit the nets and new voices can be heard, but the complete lack of good editing is often hard to get passed. There are numerous hiccups in the story line, often you wonder if you just missed something or if something was inf
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One superbly spoiled princess, one incredibly patient assassin, lots of lies.... FANTASTIC writing!
You just have to read any and all of Sarah Daltry's work. She has a writing style that literally will mentally engulf your mind and transport you to the world she has created.
We see the Princess Alondra, who is just as spoiled and bratty as you could imagine, become betrothed to Seamus from Demoria, which is a town of assassins. She goes, and man do they hate her! Can you blame them!??
Seamus is ju
Robin Christofaro
I was so excited to read this book, and it delivered on every level. I loved Alondra. At the beginning of the book I found her to be stubborn and a little naive. As I followed her and the other characters through the story, so much more about her was revealed. She was fierce and determined and had no problem stepping up when she was needed to.

This book has so much going on - family, love, loyalty, is such a great adventure with a wonderful and diverse cast of characters that I fell in l
Book Worms  United
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well written book that keeps you entertained and has you wanting to turn the pages to find out what will happen. The characters are well developed and it seems as if you just know them. You can almost imagine being in the middle of this story. Alondra must make some choices in her life. What does she choose to do and how will it play out for her. If you like fantasy books with a great story that will not let you down, then this is for you! ~chell
J. Dorner
I loved this book. I feel that my own style of writing is similar to Sarah's, though we organize differently. It is a little confusing at first, with the jumps back and forth between "before" and "now," but it builds the tension wonderfully. (And no, the whole book isn't like that. The "flashbacks" stop around the middle. Though then there's actual flashbacks as they read a diary written before they were born.) There are good twists. The characters are well thought out.
Maka Neese
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are not enough words

Personally I have read everything Sarah writes and I love every single one of them. However, this I do believe is the best. Alondra must face many challenges some I could never imagine but others are ones we face every day. to have choices is something we all take for granted and all she wants is to choose her own path.
McCallum Morgan
This book was cleverly arranged and executed. I liked the well-rounded out characters, the mystery and the secrets. The world building was very subtle and nicely done, if a little vague at times, but I found that it added to the mystery rather than take anything away. A lovely, unique, read.
Karen Weiseman muller
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