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Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri
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bookshelves: fantasy, feminist, colonialism

Good grief, this is a good book. I liked Empire of Sand a lot, but Realm of Ash is *outstanding*. A fantastically well developed world based on the Mughal Empire, with terrific politics, scheming, culture, huge complexity lightly sketched in. And it has so much to say--about women and being forced to fit into allotted places, and hurting people out of love, and the clash of what's effective and what's right, and compassion, and massively about colonialism and stolen/denied identity, the effect on the colonised, the generational damage of abuse and enslavement. All of this in a heart-thumping adventure story with high stakes, a gorgeous romance, and terrific female friendships.

Really exceptional. I hid from the children for two hours to keep reading. This is the face of SFF now, and it is glorious.

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Reading Progress

February 4, 2019 – Shelved
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
June 29, 2020 – Shelved as: fantasy
June 29, 2020 – Shelved as: feminist
June 29, 2020 – Shelved as: colonialism
Started Reading
June 30, 2020 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Pauline (new)

Pauline So pretty much anything you recommend is an instant-buy for me, and now my TBR pile is getting beyond a joke 😅 This sounds superb. Thanks so much for recommending it.


Stephanie I loved this book SO MUCH.


Leigh Kramer Completely agree! I can't wait for whatever she writes next.


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