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Daughter of the Salt King

(Salt Chasers #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  93 reviews
As a daughter of the Salt King, Emel ought to be among the most powerful women in the desert. Instead, she and her sisters have less freedom than even her father's slaves … for the Salt King uses his own daughters to seduce visiting noblemen into becoming powerful allies by marriage.

Escape from her father's court seems impossible, and Emel dreams of a life where she can ch
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published February 2nd 2021 by CamCat Books
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A. S. Thank you! It is the first of the Salt Chasers duology. There will be a sequel, SON OF THE SALT CHASER. It's expected release is 2022!…moreThank you! It is the first of the Salt Chasers duology. There will be a sequel, SON OF THE SALT CHASER. It's expected release is 2022!(less)

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Lucie V.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley (thank you CamCat Publishing). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

4.5 stars

Emel is one of the 26 daughters of the salt king. She is an ahira, her only role is to sleep with any muhami (rich and powerful man) that wishes to marry a daughter of the salt king, and hope that he will like her enough to wed her and take her away from her golden prison. She has until she is 23 years old to get married, or she will be thrown out in the street. I liked that
A. S.
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am so thrilled to finally share my novel with all of you on this platform. I hope that you will show it all the bookish love and add it to your to-read shelf.

If you need any more convincing, DAUGHTER OF THE SALT KING is an adult fantasy novel set in an ancient desert about young woman who finds her father’s darkest secret: his wish-granting jinni. If you like strong female protagonists, forbidden love, the comfort of friendship and the complexity of family
Dec 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you, Netgalley, for the Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All views and opinions are my own.

This book is now available in the public sector.

Let me preface this review by saying this is an adult novel. NOT YA. While tastefully done for the most part, the setting for the main female character lends itself to mature readers.

Emel is one of many daughters of the Salt King. Her sole purpose in life is to be chosen as a wife by someone from a neighboring area, therefore solidifying allegiance
Bright Star
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2021
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review

Daughter of the Salt King was such a pleasant surprise! I didn't know what to expect from this book but I didn't expect to love it so much! With a compelling writing style, be ready to immerse yourself in a story made of magic and forbidden love, of strenght and sacrifice, a tale where the characters will do everything in their power to change and decide their fate. Do not expect action at every turn. It's a character driven story a
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Daughter of the Salt King is an amazing magical fantasy story about Emel who is one of the many daughters of her father - the Salt King.
Emel and her sisters are ahira's - their role in the Palace is to capture the attention and eye of men who come to seek them as their wives to form alliances with the King and make him more powerful with more allies to form a bigger army. The
Di Maitland
‘A golden jinni bound by magic, a dark-eyed ahira shackled by a king. Dreams of joy despite our impossible love.’

4.5*s. I wished for this book on NetGalley and my wish was granted. That this book, about jinnis who grant wishes, should come to me in this way is beyond perfect. And what a read! I devoured it and can only hope that Thornton finds encouragement in the reception of her first novel and continues to write.

Emel is an ahira, one of the twenty-six daughters of the Salt King who must sleep
☆ advanced reader copy from edelweiss ☆

Whoa, this book surprised me by how much I loved it.

From the first chapter, I was enthralled by Thornton's writing style and my love for her writing only grew. The way she developed this world and how lyrical her writing was blew me away. The writing made me feel I was in this desert world she created. The world-building was definitely one of the highs in this novel.

I want to briefly mention character development. I say briefly because this is the first boo
D.B. Woodling
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The author of Daughter of the Salt King adventurously unravels her main character’s—Emel—desperate longing for freedom from a world in which her father not only considers her nothing more than prized property but graciously treats her suitors to a humiliating test drive, all in his attempt to beguile the highest bidder.

Stumbling upon her father’s most prized possession, a tarnished bejeweled vessel, Emel discovers jinni do exist outside of myths and fairy tales and that this particular jinn is
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Thank you so much to NetGalley and CamCat Books for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Daughter of the Salt King was a great debut. Magic, romance, a harsh kingdom & land, and jinni. All of these things are right up my alley, and I’m happy that I enjoyed this.

Emel was a wonderful heroine. She had a very unconventional life and I loved that she wasn’t a quitter. I loved the story between Emel and her family, and with Saalim. The two storylines were great on their own and I loved when they
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
One day. It took me only one day to read Daughter of the Salt King, a book with around 450+ pages. That is crazy. So it goes without saying that it kept me thoroughly immersed throughout the whole story. I mean, a jinni romance? YES.
It tells the story of Emel, a daughter of the Salt King, the most powerful ruler in the whole desert. Like all her sisters, her obligation and end are to seduce and bed the numerous princes and powerful men that visit her father's court.
The book was mainly a charact
Dec 01, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arcs
So glad I received an ARC of this! Thank you so much, NetGalley, for the opportunity!
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: genre-fantasy
2.5 stars

Daughter of the Salt King is a desert fantasy, about a girl who falls in love with a jinni with the power to grant wishes. I really enjoyed this book at the beginning, but ultimately found myself wishing for a book that actually lived up to its feminist promise.

To start with, I think Thornton is a solid writer with a knack for description: this book evokes a sense of the great, endless desert stretching far out onto the horizon, as well as the suffocating nature of the palace where the
Books and H2O
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one fell swoop; it was wholly absorbing and dug its claws into me right from the beginning.

The story is written in the first-person style through the eyes of the female protagonist, Emel. Thanks to the prose which provides wonderfully constructed her accounts and emotions, I reacted viscerally to her experiences; there were moments I genuinely felt her rage boil inside me, her claustrophobia choke me, her stolen moments of happiness evoke a sense of ebullience, and when she
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Net galley for the advanced reader copy ebook of Daughter of the Salt King

Emel is the daughter of the Salt King. A king who gained his power and rule by the hand of a Jinni who grants his wishes. To hold onto his power the Salt King uses Emel and the rest of his daughters to seduce visiting noblemen to gain their hand in marriage and become powerful allies to the Salt King.

Emel learns of Saalim and the magic that binds him to her father. Emel discovers that wishes arent always what
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you Netgalley and ComCat Books for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve seen a bit of confusion in some other reviews, so I would like to reiterate that this is an adult fantasy novel, as stated by the author. It’s fine if you “don’t agree” with the categorization, but for reader transparency that is how it is labelled, and due to the overall premise of the story I find it fitting. Also, I was wrongfully under the impression that this was a s
Kelly Hidalgo
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
ARC provided by NetGalley

Daughter of the Salt King was an eloquently written romance. The style is very reminiscent of Arabian love poetry. The world building sucks you into the desert, leaving you with images of the sunset over dunes, sudden rainstorms, and kisses stolen in shadows. I look forward to seeing what other stories this author might tell.
Britney Brown
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The description doesn’t say this is an Aladdin retelling but it’s hard not to see the similarities. Emel is the daughter of a desert king and her main role in life is to get married to strengthen her fathers kingdom. She has until her 23rd birthday to get married or she will be cast out. By the end of the book she’s 22 so that day isn’t far off. Despite her beauty she has not been chosen by a suitor. Meanwhile her favorite past time is sneaking out of the palace to experience the joys of the vil ...more
BOOKarina (Karina)
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
Welcome to this book review, disclaimer : I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, but my thoughts are my own and it in no way affected my review of the book.

TW: rape (-ish but like really anything not 100% consensual should've had a trigger warning and is rape) also incest (SWEET HOME ALABAMA)

I requested this book because of the title, I will be completely honest I went into it knowing nothing, not even the blurb and it was a mistake. This is the sort of book that I HAD to go back and
Twisha Gajjar
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story was very gripping. Read the book in just 2 days! The plot is very good considering it is a debut novel. But there were other problems. One being world building. There were some words and phrases that the characters simply wouldn't know as it is not set in the modern era. Other being character building. The plot twists and the ending were amazing but I just couldn't care about the characters. There were also some plot holes but I believe they might be resolved in the next book so I won' ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, arc, adult, fantasy
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This review is of an eARC provided via NetGalley. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

This book makes me rage. I can think of no other way to start this that would encapsulate my feelings. Rage. So much rage.

What really irritates me, though, is the fact that 90% of this book was absolutely fantastic.

This story focuses on Emel, the daughter of the powerful and corrupt Salt King. In their world of sand and brutal sun, salt is the only curr
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

I didn’t hate ‘Daughter of the Salt King’ but the love was not completely there.

The author could have easily cut this down to 300+ pages. There were many scenes that were redundant and it only allowed the story to drag on. Page by page, I keep wondering, "Okay, soooo was something supposed to happen by now? Where is the excitement? Where is the built up for an epic conclusion?" Sadly, nothing really significant happened besides the fairly decent world building.

It was a fine re
Marta Cox
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was immediately drawn to this book because in my opinion there just are not enough books written about the Djinn or Jinni as referred to here. If you expect a palace filled with riches you will be sorely disappointed because the Salt King and his harem, children and army live in a tent city that is to my mind far from luxurious.
Emel is desperate to escape her life which is far from pleasant. She sneaks out whenever possible escaping the debauchery and twisted coercion that lies within. Whilst
C. S.
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was really absorbing. It's not like anything I've read before and I enjoyed the narrative quite a bit. Usually I can guess what's going to happen and while some things were obvious, there were enough surprises to keep me hooked. And I really loved the setting.

All that said, the book did leave me cold in some ways. I wanted more world building, more background. You get everything from the main character's perspective and while she's not a stupid girl, she is sheltered and ignorant. I d
Minni Mouse
DNF around 58% because this was a bit of a strange read to me. The premise is already somewhat hard to believe — a king hides his daughters away as a mystery to the world...but also sells them to men for a nightly price, mainly to encourage the men to marry them.

Er. Okay.

This book reads indie, which means it’s not as formulaic and predictable as other popular YA fantasy novels out there. The pace isn’t predictable and neither is the perceived “safeness” of the characters. You think our
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you CamCat Books for giving me an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

I enjoyed this book so much?? When I read the synopsis, I knew this would be an interesting read. An adult fantasy book set in an ancient desert with strong female lead and a wish-granting jinni? Sign me up!

I don't know where to start but I'll mention the world-building as the first thing that captivated me. I loved how the writing brought vivid images in my head on how enchanting and mesmerizing the world
Donna Bull
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A poignant, marvelously written fantasy debut of one woman's fight for her own freedom. Emel is a daughter of the King, and from the outside may seem to have an easy life. The reality is far different. Along with her sisters and half-sisters, they are the ahira, waiting to be given in marriage to further her father's hold on the region. As ahira, they are required to bed the suitors as part of the selection process. In addition, the ahira are kept to a single tent, the palace area, not allowed i ...more
Elley Murray
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-arc, fantasy
I both liked and didn't like this book. There are moments where it's truly magical. Much of the writing is beautiful, the descriptions are lush and evocative and I could almost feel the desert wind on my face, the stifling heat of too many bodies all packed into one airless tent, the tart ruby juice of a pomegranite... And then at other times the story itself just moves SO SLOWLY. Much of this book is just Emel wandering around her settlement running through the same thoughts and feelings about ...more
Cortny Joy
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first FINISHED fantasy novel! Gosh, it hit the spot.

In DOTSK, Emel has spent her life at the mercy of her culture WHILE ALSO challenging the status quo and exerting her independence just enough to keep her feeling alive. She’s cunning and daring as well as loyal and an extent.

As she approaches the age at which she must be chosen by a suitor for marriage or be banished from her community, she clings to the hope of a husband. Not because she wants to follow tradition or please h
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
Daughter Of The Salt King is a fantastic debut novel from A.S. Thornton.

This Arabian inspired fantasy book begins the story of Emel, one of the Salt King's many daughters and her many struggles to free herself from her father's strict control over her life and the whole world surrounding her, it also follows her subsequent discovery of a enigmatic and alluring jinni also under her father's control.

It is a beautifully woven tale with so many curated twists and turns that keep the pace flowing swi
Norah Gibbons
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+. All opinions are my own. Daughter of the Salt King by A.S. Thornton is the first book in an exciting new fantasy series Salt Chasers. The daughters of the Salt King are kept in isolation, only allowed out of their tents when their father wishes them to seduce visiting noblemen into marriage to create strong alliances. Emel wishes for more than this caged existence, and she bribes the guards to allow her to spend time in the village, wher ...more
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A.S. Thornton has evolved from book blogger to author with a particular fondness for writing forbidden love in ancient deserts.

She lives with her husband who deserves a trophy for the amount of gooey love scenes he’s edited. After spending time in Chicago and Colorado, they decided the snow is wholly overrated, and settled in Northern California.

When not writing, she’s taking care of dogs and cats

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