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The Eyes of Tamburah

(Archives of the Invisible Sword #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  829 ratings  ·  188 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 his
ebook, 512 pages
Published June 17th 2019 by Harlequin Teen
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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 par…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 Cupboa…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 farren
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Helena of Eretz ✰
Buddy read with my fellow Maria V. Snyder-fanatic, Maggie!!!

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:

Tomb Raider


The Mummy

Well…this was nothing like either of those. xD BUT, I stil
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
Maggie ☘
*4.5/5 stars*

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
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
How am I only JUST NOW finding out this exists?

The cover is hard core 70s-ing and I am here for that vintage love
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
A new series from Maria V Snyder?? HELL YES I WANTS IT 😍

ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω
Desertathon 🐪🌵 Prompt: A desert vibe book
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
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Poor, poor Shyla!!! Nothing goes how she plans!

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
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 appre
Dark Sith Lordette Jennymort ♔

This sounds fucking fantastic!!!! 😱🤩
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
Sylvs (NOVELty Reads)
Well that was traumatising. And low key disappointing.

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
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
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

Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, it wasn't Tomb Raider at all but damn, I couldn't put it down!


Tomb Raider meets Poison Study!

I can't wait!!!
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Rating might change ✌
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
i've been procrastinating reading this because i "wasn't in the mood to read it" but i picked it up today and i have an announcement: guys,gals and non-binary pals i have no regrets whatsoever except not reading this sooner.

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
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
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, fantasy
How do I get my grubby american hands on this??
Leonie’s Little Library
3.5 stars rated up
Kirstie Ellen
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Big thanks to Harlequin for sending me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review (NB: I read an uncorrected proof)

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
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
Emma Smyth
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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

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