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The best-laid plans, even of princesses, can go awry...very, very awry.

Seventeen-year-old Saraid of Thekla is on her way to marry the ruler of far-off Mauburni. But she’s not sobbing into her silk-curtained litter at the thought of leaving home, because she has plans—and The Book. She’s studied this ancient treatise on the art of kingship for months to make herself the ide
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ebook, 314 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Book View Cafe (first published May 2018)
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✨Sumi's Books✨
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty darn good!
Saraid is the youngest princess of Thekla who must Journey to the far-off land of Mauburni to marry her betrothed Lord Commander. She is excited for the journey and has packed her most valuable possession... The Book which she has studied since adolescence on how to become the proper queen for her new husband. But the journey through the desert is long and throught with danger. Cadel is a warlord set on kidnapping the princess. When he does so, things start to get very complicat
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Danielle's
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a delight! Loved it. Between Silk and Sand for me has the right amount of everything like the perfect ice-cream Sundae; not too sweet, lots of sprinkles and a little surprise in the centre.

Saraid is a travelling princess. She has left her family home and going to her intended. She is the youngest daughter of the king and is travelling to her future husband. She is doing her duty to help join two nations and bring more prosperity to her people. She even has a book to aid her becoming a perf
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Becky
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the moment I started this book, I fell into its world. I didn't feel that awkward strain that occurs when writers are trying to craft a new world and feel the need to pull an uncoordinated Tolkien and invent a messy language or something. I similarly immediately understood the heroine. Saraid is thinking through the tough decisions of adult life while still a bit of a child, and that is wonderful to see done well. The story itself isn't wholly novel: there's a lost king, a princess betrothe ...more
Sarah S
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Betraying Season is one of my all time favorite books, so when Marissa Doyle announced she would do another young adult book I was cautiously thrilled. Between Silk and Sand blew my expectation away, I think it actually might have surpassed TBS for me. The heroine Saraid is young and idealistic, yet native in so many ways, following the teachings of a long ago Lord Regent who wrote "The Book". The plot line had a great pace for me and as always the world that Doyle created was vibrant and alive ...more
Rebecca Mello
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this book from LibraryThing in return for an honest review.


Saraid is the youngest daughter of the King of Thekla. She has spent her life studying the Book to become the perfect Queen of her future husband's land. Now her moment has come, she is off to Mauburni to marry the Lord Protector. But in order to reach her new home she must first cross a dangerous desert full of warlords and raiders. During the journey she is captured by the "king" of these people, Cadel. Cadel wil
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Wendy
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book so much. I loved Saraid and Cadel, and secondary characters were believable as well. The world building is really well-done, and I found myself completely immersed.

How immersed? I did the bulk of the reading in three different airports on the 21st—I had a _lot_ of waiting to do—and on two planes. I didn’t read solidly—I did sleep some since I was up from 3am after an hour and a half of sleep. But in the times I was reading until I was picked up at 11pm that evening, I
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Rose
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aw, I loved this book. Sometimes you read a book and you're always aware of the mechanics and how it's put together. And sometimes you read a book and you just fall straight into it and forget that it's a book. That's how this one was for me. The characters are just LIKABLE. The world feels real, and the story is easy to invest yourself in. Saraid was always a smart character, but seeing her grow and understand the world around her more was really satisfying. The relationships among the differen ...more
Deena Lipomi
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Princess Saraid of Thekla travels far from home to marry the ruler of another land in a hope to unify their interests, but when she is kidnapped by the leader of the desert and told she can go home but not forward, she learns more about her betrothed and about what she wants to do as a queen. Saraid is a strong, vocal woman in a fully realized land, and Cadel is rakish and endearing. A little more of the banter between Saraid and Cadel when they first met would've helped solidify her feelings fo ...more
Sandra Strange
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Hopefully, this book is part of a continuing series, since it ends just before the climax. Set in an alternate reality kind of Saudi Arabia with vast desert surrounded by different nations, the protagonists include a Bedouin-like desert prince and a princess who are set up to be enemies, but....
The adventure story is fairly engaging, but the story is somewhat predictable, and the book ends before the climactic conflict. The novel is clean, though violent.
Kim Power
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant

I’m so glad the author persisted with this beautifully written novel. The characters are three dimensional, the plot twists and turns, and the hero and heroine are resourceful, funny, and altogether delightful. What a joy to discover a new author. The ending is most touching. Highly recommended.
InD'tale Magazine
4.5/5.0

What an exciting journey this story turns out to be!

Read full review in the 2018 July Aug issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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