The Eyes of Tamburah
Shyla is a researcher who resides in the underground desert city of Zirdai, which is ruled by the wealthy Water Prince and brutal Heliacal Priestess. Even though Shyla is sun-kissed - an outcast, considered cursed by the Sun Goddess - she is still renowned for uncovering innumerable archaic facts, lost artefacts, ancient maps and obscure his ...more
I didn't love this one quite as much as the Poison Study books, but overall still found it thoroughly enjoyable and I think it sets up well for a series. (less)
Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The first thing that must be said is that MVS is a magician with words, and more specifically the YA fantasy genre. She's always a trail-blazer of stories and The Eyes of Tamburah was no exception.
This is an epic tale that follows Shyla, a sun-kissed (or cursed, depends who you ask). A sun-kissed is somebody with yellow pale hair and sun coloured eyes, that according to the religious sect, was marked ...more
Unless you missed my binge of Maria V. Snyder books this time, last year – which comprised of 6 novels and 3 novellas, mind you – you’d know that she’s one of my all-time favourite authors and SUPER UNDERRATED (why must you sleep on her and Mary E. Pearson, Goodreads???). So, you can imagine my excitement when she announced a new series that sounded like:
Well…this was nothing like either of those. xD BUT, I stil ...more
The Eyes of Tamburah is a fast paced fantasy and the first in a new series by Maria V Snyder.
Shyla is a sun-kissed, the name given to babies born with pale-yellow hair. These babies, believed cursed, are left in the desert to die. Shyla is saved and raised by monks until she turns 18 and chooses to reside in the city. She is shunned by the other citizens of Zirdai and spends most of her time in her room. She manages to find work reading maps and transcrib ...more
Shyla, a Sun Kissed (or Sun Cursed as most might call her) lives in a world which is endangered by the sun. The surface is only desert and ruins of the old hidden in the sands. When the sun gets too close to the surface, people in the underground cities travel deeper to stay safe from the killing rays of the sun.
Shyla lives in one such city. As a Sun Kissed (the sign of a sun kissed is yellow hair), she is alienated from the rest. She likes to keep to herself and works as a historia ...more
It is a fast adventure story with a very strong, loyal and smart main female character in Shyla. When she is accused of stealing the 'Eyes' she knows she ...more
Medievalathon 💠 A pristine book 📙
Okay I think I’ve figured out what to rate this, so onward with the review!
While I adored Snyder’s Study series, this one missed the mark a bit. I seriously loved the first half of this book. I was hooked. It had everything I loved: desert fantasy, stolen magical artifacts, secret societies, bounties on the MC’s life, etc. And it’s so fast paced! The action starts right at the beginning and never, ever lets up. Like hard ...more
She just wanted to be accepted and have a quiet life finding treasures, but all the contrary happens!
And every time I thought "now she's have a respite" everything would go wrong! She chased by everybody: the Water Prince (who acts good, but tortures people); the Heliacal Priestess (I kept thinking "Heliacal=Maniacal" - who's Torquemada's twin soul); the secret organization called Silent Sword who wants to overthrow bot the Prince and the Priestess ...more
I have been a fan of Maria’s work for some time. All of her books are great but I have to admit, this is a personal favourite and it has earned a special place in my “book loves of 2019” shelf. From the very start of the book, I was hooked! Maria writes so well and she has a unique talent of creating new worlds and characters in her books. The setting of this book reminded me of an amazing TV documentary called “Cities of the Underwo ...more
Bechdel Test: Passes
The Eyes of Tamburah is Maria V. Snyder's first book in her new series, Archives of the Invisible Sword. As a long standing fan of Maria's, I was over the moon when I got the notification that I was approved to review the eARC of this book. The chance to join Maria in a new world, was something that I just couldn't pass up.
We are introduced to Shyla, our protagonist, who is 'sun-kissed'/'sun-cursed' (depending on who you ask). She has been raised b ...more
Eyes of Tamburah follows Shyla, an outcast archaeology researcher trying to get by in world where her kind are normally abandoned at birth. She's particularly good at her job, thanks in part to her knowledge/training by the monks who raised her after she was abandoned for being sun-kissed (a person who is especially dark-skinned and blonde haired). This ...more
This book was fast-paced and I appre ...more
I was thuper duper excited when I found out that we would be getting a new Maria V. Snyder series; and even more excited when it was described as “Poison Study meets Tomb Raider.” AND THEN I got a proof of the book through work from HarperCollins (a HUGE shout-out to Brigita for sending it to me!) and I felt all the happy feels. So, naturally, I had to read the book before its official release date.
The book follows our main character, Shyla, who lives in an underground city called Zirdai ...more
Here I thought this would be an Indiana-Jones-esque adventure story with a Lara Croft: Tomb Raider vibe. What I got instead was the stereotypical "Chosen One" trope and a storyline that was so fast paced I couldn't even keep up.
I'm not kidding. Especially when I say that literally everything written in the first part of the blurb occurred within 4 pages of the book actually beginning. It took me forever to piece together what on Earth was g ...more
Well, I must say that I was expecting very little from this book. I was expecting like a 3 star read. A bit boring, a bit immature, a bit mehh……
Well, I must say that my expectations got caught on a gust of wind and went flying, out of reach in the first 10 pages. °O° °O°
Never to be seen or thought of again. (*°∀°)=3
Because this book was an epic adventure! (It makes me excited about the next book just thinking about ...more
This is the second book I've read by this author and again, there were parts I adored, like the world building but the characters were so cliche that it hurt my whole soul and the romance was so forced ugh.
-The world building
-The 2010 style of story telling
-The cliche characters
the world Snyder has created is different to ours not only due to the setting but also to the small thing she changes (e.g. a day is called a sun jump, a minute is an angle) and these little changes all relate to the world she has made. the magic in this book is also really c ...more
Shyla is what you would call an artifact finder. She’s got an eye for detail and can help peop ...more
Initial Thoughts upon Finishing
This was such an adventure. It was really like Lara Croft, Indiana Jones and An Ember in the Ashes all rolled up together. It's a lot of fun which challenges jumping out on every second page and some clever twists! I'm so excited for book two, I'm totally in love with the uniqueness of the desert, subterranean world!
The Eyes of Tamburah
This is an ...more
Popular YA author Maria V. Snyder (Study series, Glass series) has begun her new Archives of the Invisible Sword series by introducing us to Shyla, a young woman who is largely ostracized in her community thanks to her blonde hair. Dubbed "Sun-Kissed" by those around her, the fate that usually awaits the fair-haired is death in the searing desert above Zirdai. Zirdai is an underground city where th ...more
Other books in the series
"Big brute?" He stood and put the robe on, settling it on his shoulders. It reached just past his knees.
"I call it like I see it."
"You haven't seen anything yet, sunbeam." He stalked toward her, backing her up until she was pressed against the wall. Rendor leaned in. "But I guarantee the word big wouldn't do it justice.”