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Can the power of the weak save them all?

Growing up a disappointment, Shimusogo Rutejìmo has always struggled with proving himself worthy to his family and clan. All he wants is the magic to run faster than the strongest warrior, emulating his brother's strength and courage. When he is once again caught showcasing his poor decisions and ineptitude, he's sent on a quest for
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Paperback, 292 pages
Published May 18th 2014 by Broken Typewriter Press LLC.
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Vanessa
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Rutejìmo is labeled among his clan as a useless teenager, and is considered lazy, temperamental, and cowardly. He’s jealous of the much-admired Chimípu, who seems to be able to do anything–she’s more athletic, clever, and better liked. And he wants to be like his brother, Desòchu, who is a warrior and protects the clan; no one believes Rutejìmo is capable of such a thing.

But Rutejìmo gets his chance to prove the naysayers wrong when he, Chimípu, and three other boys are taken into the desert as
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Barbara Malmberg
Immerse yourself in the sun-kissed land of Fedran and explore the world Rutejìmo has only begun to discover in Sand and Blood, the first in a trilogy by D. Moonfire.

Rutejìmo’s goals for the future are typical for a seventeen-year-old boy: become the best warrior by mastering the magic of the sun spirit. Yet he’s not the strongest, nor the fastest in his clan, and he doesn’t have the work ethic. He longs for the recognition Chimípu gains from her accomplishments, and he ends up trying to outdo h
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Stuart Thaman
Sand and Blood follows Rutejimo, a boy born into a desert clan known for their speed. In order to pass their clan's rite of passage and to harness the ancestral magic that gives them their running abilities, five of the clan's teenagers are abandoned in the desert and left to fend for themselves. The setting is epic and wonderfully established, the characters have depth and personality, and the overall descriptions of the different clans are fantastic. Unfortunately, the plot hits a lot of roadb ...more
Karen
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rutejimo, the main character is a teenage boy who embodies some of the worst characteristics of growing up. He dreams big and yearns to be addressed as 'Great Shimusogo' like his older brother, but not badly enough to work at it. He is clumsy, disloyal, and disobedient to his elders. He thinks he knows better. He wants to be a hero without getting out of his comfort zone. Didn't we all? Moonfire does an excellent job of world building and immersing the reader in the Shimusogo culture through the ...more
Shannon Ryan
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first, I was a little worried about reading this book, as I’m not a big fan of fantasy. However, once I got past the “f” word and the complicated character names, I really enjoyed this story. One of the reasons is the author has done a great job at world building rather than just duplicate a Tolkien world or give us another Disney castle.

Despite having a rich setting, it does not rely on that setting to carry the story. The characters, especially Rutejimo seem relatable. And while it seems at
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Robbie Antenesse
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story started out very slow, and the main character, Rutejìmo, was an intolerable dumbass who makes every wrong decision possible in every situation he finds himself in. He remains this way for roughly the first half of the book. I've only disliked a handful of main characters in a novel before, but first-half Rutejìmo and his asshole cohorts quickly found their place snugly in that list.

Graciously, there is a turning point where the story and characters noticeably improve and finally begin
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Beth Hudson
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having not read any other books by the author, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began “Sand and Blood”, but I found myself enjoying this fantasy coming of age story a great deal. Taking place in a desert setting, the book introduced me to Rutejìmo a youth who has not yet gone through his clan’s rite of adulthood, but who is on its cusp. The story follows him and four other youths as they risk death, make difficult choices about their futures, and fight against the unexpected consequences of t ...more
Aaron Bunce
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer) - I received a copy of Sand and Blood from the author, Dylan Moonfire, in a book swap, read and review.

I picked up Sand and Blood, and was hooked within the first 5 pages. I am a big fan of fantasy and science fiction, and I love books that blur the lines between the two. Sand and Blood is technically a steampunk fantasy, but does not fall victim to the trappings of the oft-used, and slightly worn out Victorian England. Instead, Moonfire graces us with some creative world building
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J.R.
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sand and Blood is a quality piece of writing, from the attractive cover to the easy prose within. There's a distinct lack of any glaring typos, the sign of solid editing for the most part and you can clearly tell this isn't the author's first attempt at writing a book.

Rutejìmo, a native desert boy, is the protagonist of our tale and the entire story is told through his perspective in the third person. He's part of a clan called Shimusògo and it's impressed upon us quite early that Rutejìmo is...
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Jolene Dretzka
I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.

I wanted to love this book. The author created an amazing desert world of magic & mystery. Mr. Moonfire's style of writing is smooth & easy to follow, it really only took me about 2 days to read. So, it hurts me to say anything negative about D. Moonfire's story, yet, I feel like I would be doing a major disservice to the world of book reviews by not mentioning any problems I had with it. My number one, & pretty much only, issue wa
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