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 hi ...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
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
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
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 appreci ...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
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
Shyla is what you would call an artifact finder. She’s got an eye for detail and can help peop ...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
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
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 ...more
I was sucked ...more
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 ...more
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.