Empire of Sand
Mehr is a girl trapped between two cultures. Her father comes from the ruling classes of the empire but her mother's people were outcasts, Amrithi nomads who worshipped the spirits of the sands. Caught one night performing these forbidden rites, Mehr is brought to the attention of the Emperor's most feared mystics, who force her into their service by way of an arranged...more
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 to feast on in this book. lush cultural magic, ...more
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 room, who is terrified as a young child would be. ...more
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 a go. sometimes i surprise myself - i liked ...more
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.
When I heard “Indian-inspired adult fantasy”, I was ...more
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 privilege to protect them as Mehr did.nice wardrobe, plenty ...more
The plot itself was simple enough, surprisingly. And yet, there was something about it that reached deep into the recesses of my heart.
Empire of Sand ...more
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 of it. It’s exciting. It made me turn the pages with ...more
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 outcasts, coveted and persecuted throughout the empire of Ahmba ...more
Empire 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 culture.
The main character was someone who I really ...more
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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 wait for everyone to get their hands on this gem. ...more
As I usually love slow, atmospheric fantasy, I thought I would at least likeEmpire of Sand, but it just didn't work for me. After loving the first 20% of it, in which a magical world with an unique magic system inspired by Indian classical dance and complex history was introduced, I started liking this book less and less, because of the pacing.
From around 25% of the book to at least 65%, the main ...more
Empire 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 dancing and movement. The Ambhan Empire shunned them ...more
Think of it as loosely beginning like THE WRATH AND THE DAWN ...more
When Mehr one night performs an Amrithi ritual dance (think bharatnatyam with its stylized gestures and symbolic forms), she comes to the ...more
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 hooked completely since the plodding pace made some ...more
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 with Mehr as she is bound by the magic in her blood and ...more
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 superstitious barbarians with a backward religion and culture. Mehr is ...more
I'm super excited for this and have a week to finish it so let's see if I can do it !! Still in that Kingdom of Ash slump and it's killing me.
ARC received in Exchange for an Honest Review.
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.
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 Law and Religion work hand-in-hand in maintaining ...more
The Nerd Book Review
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.
This novel which is about 80% ish 1 POV of a girl named Mehr who is a sequestered noblewoman whose ...more
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 book is outstanding, but, at least in the ...more
|Fantasy Book Club: March 2019: Empire of Sand *First impressions*||10||38||Mar 07, 2019 12:34PM|
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