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The Eyes of Tamburah

(Archives of the Invisible Sword #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  402 ratings  ·  97 reviews
'He thinks you are the thief...'

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 hi
ebook, 512 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by HarperCollins (first published June 17th 2019)
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Charmaine Ohl Some Aussies are open to being a go-between and having internationals send money to them and then posted on to the international buyer. If you are…moreSome Aussies are open to being a go-between and having internationals send money to them and then posted on to the international buyer. If you are part of Maria's Facebook group "Soulfinders" you maybe able to to arrange that. Or feel free to contact me I have already sent 1 off to the US :) (less)
Sarah TheAromaofBooks Hey!! Because of publishing complications, so far it's only available in Australia/NZ. If you are in the US, you can order a physical copy from…moreHey!! Because of publishing complications, so far it's only available in Australia/NZ. If you are in the US, you can order a physical copy from Cupboard Maker Books ( ). They have purchased some from Australia and are reselling them here, with the author's permission (I found out about them from an email update the author sent out).

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)
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bella ϟ  [ bella farren ]
5 / 5 stars

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
Veronica ⭐️
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
Mandy White
The Eyes of Tamburah by Maria V Synder is the first book by this author that I have read. One of my reading goals for 2019 is to read more than just thrillers and serial killer stories. So this book was way out of my comfort zone and I have to admit that in the beginning I did struggle with the story. As I got going though I really enjoyed it.

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
Mar 04, 2019 marked it as wishlist  ·  review of another edition
A new series from Maria V Snyder?? HELL YES I WANTS IT 😍

The Nerd Daily
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Annie McCann

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
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
TW: Torture, Death, Injuries
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
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maria V. Snyder must be on a real 'writing about young females working in archaeology on other worlds' kick these days, but I'm 100% here for it.

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
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ugh, what a fun read! The Eyes of Tamburah gave me all the adventure, sprinkled with magic and I DEVOURED it! I totally freaked out when I found out that Shyla, our main protagonist, was black! As someone who is so used to seeing "white" as the default in fantasy books, it still shocks me when the main characters are NOT! I loved Shyla's character! She was intelligent, loyal, strong AND with just the perfect amount of SASS 🙆🏾♀ And SHE WASN'T ANNOYING LMAO 😭
This book was fast-paced and I appreci
Gabi W
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
4 Stars

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
♔ Dark Lordette Jennymort ♔

This sounds fucking fantastic!!!! 😱🤩
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
So much fun in this book. I am late to the Maria V. Snyder trend but I really like her last 2 books
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Arc from NetGalley - Review is entirely my own opinion.

Holy-moly!! (✿◠‿◠)
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
Aug 03, 2019 marked it as could-not-finish
Unfortunately I couldn't finish this book. I went into it hoping for an exciting quest for a missing treasure where the protagonist followed clues and wandered through ancient places to find this treasure. That is not what I got. I got to 43% and just couldn't continue because I was feeling frustrated. The main character was constantly getting captured and having conflicts with people and every time it seemed like she would get out of the situation she would encounter another group of angry peop ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
Tomb Raider meets Poison Study!

I can't wait!!!
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Maria V. Snyder returns to the world of fantasy with shiny new series, entitled The Archives of the Invisible Sword! The Eyes of Tamburah starts off with a roaring bang and it’s not going to let up anytime soon, if I know Maria, and I do! This new fantasy world is not like one she’s written before and I have to say I like the new atmosphere, even if I would never want to visit myself, because heat! Lol.

Shyla is what you would call an artifact finder. She’s got an eye for detail and can help peop
Weaving Fiction ( Sj )
sighs, maybe it's not you Maria, maybe it's just me.

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 mythology

-The 2010 style of story telling
-The cliche characters

Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars, bumped to 4 because this really should be published in the US, Harper Voyager. Come on!

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
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Maria’s work for some time. All of her books are great but I have to admit, The Eyes of Tamburah is now a personal favourite and I guess this is due to personal taste in the books I love to read. The setting of this book reminded me of an amazing TV documentary called “Cities of the Underworld”, a show that takes us on a journey back in time to the ancient cities in the Middle East and the Cradle of Civilisation that have since been built up over time. I loved how the charac ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I completely forgot I finished this book a couple of days ago.

I think the story had potential but it wasn't quite there.

I loved the idea of an underground city, but for some reason I just couldn't picture it. What I could picture, I don't think was the goal of the author. I would finally get this idea in my head of what the city looks like, then in the next line be thrown of but a descriptor.

I also didn't like how time was measured, I thought it was more complicated than it needed to be. It lit
Jocelyn (foxonbooks)
There's a lot to like about The Eyes of Tamburah - an inventive, potentially near-future vision of a world baked by a killing sun, a society adapting to living underground, and a bunch of different powerful factions seeking power. Shyla is a cool protagonist - I have always particularly enjoyed Maria V Snyder's female leads, they're so good at being both strong and female without being cardboard cutout "strong female characters" - and she's backed up by a fairly solid secondary cast.
I was sucked
Charmaine Ohl
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
More adult than I first thought it would be. Some swearing and towards the end some adult insinuations are made. Nothing explicit but references are made in regards to "size" are made in passing. Still an easy read with characters I grew to like, it will be very interesting where the story goes from here. Used to reading early teen friendly writing from Maria it was great to enjoy a book with some more adult hints behind it. Interesting story to tell. The characters haven't become firm favorites ...more
Printed Pages and Coffee
It really does bug me a little that you can't give half-stars on Goodreads, because I would like to give this 4.5. It's the first of Maria Snyder's books that I have actually read, and let me tell you: it was a damned good one to start with. I had an ARC, so there were a couple small issues of spelling and grammar, but overall this was fantastic. Look, I picked this up at 9.45 in the evening, and only put it down once I had finished it at half past one the next morning. It is gripping, and the w ...more
Christy Ngo
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine my surprise when I received an email from Netgalley saying that my request for this book has been approved by Harlequin Australia.

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Harlequin Australia for this lovely book!!!

I love books written by Maria V Snyder and she has been my favourite author for almost 10 years now.

The Eyes Of Tamburah has once again shown her wonderful world building. It took me a while to get used to the terms she used to describe time but it really worked so well in that world
Sheree Lyons
Imagine being left to die for being born different. Imagine a world so hot you have to live underground. Meet Shyla, she had to go through both these things. Earning a living searching for the whereabouts of artifacts, Shyla is accused of stealing The Eyes of Tamburah after she helped discover them.
Discover more of this world and Shyla's life and become engrossed in this excellent book by the skilled creator of worlds Maria V Snyder.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Transportive, immersive world building. It took me on twists I did not expect and a few I did, but I enjoyed them all. Can’t wait for the next book!!
Morgan | Mashleas Reads
» 3 stars! «

Full RTC.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Snyder continues to prove to me why she is one of my favourite authors! Another incredible story and I can’t wait to read more.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What an amazing read! It kept me engaged the whole time. I felt like I was Shyla and the detail Maria went in for this story is amazing
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When Maria V. Snyder was younger, she aspired to be a storm chaser in the American Midwest so she attended Pennsylvania State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Much to her chagrin, forecasting the weather wasn’t in her skill set so she spent a number of years as an environmental meteorologist, which is not all. Bored at work and needing a creative out ...more