Currently Reading: 6/7/21

The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman
I skipped over requesting an ARC for this book because I was quite overwhelmed with all the other books I had at the time. Fortunately, I can always make time for audiobooks! I don’t know too much about this aside from it having excellent ratings, so I’m gonna discover for myself what all the fuss is about.

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
A princess and a priestess unite to overthrow the princess’s brother who imprisoned her. I am INTRIGUED! Plus, it’s set in a world inspired by India and I am here for the atmosphere!

Stacking the Shelves: 3/6/21

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly (or in my case monthly) meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and it’s all about sharing the books you’ve added to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!


Received for Review:

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
A maidservant with forbidden magic and a captive princess team up and presumably upset the balance of the whole world. I’ve been looking forward to a new book from Tasha Suri! Thanks to Orbit for the eARC!

Seven Deaths of an Empire by G.R. Matthews
New grimdark fantasy with an awesome cover. That’s really all I needed to know, but the synopsis did sounds pretty cool – a general, a mage, and seven deaths? I’m going to pick this up mostly blind – just thought it looked cool! Thanks to Solaris for the eARC.

The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu
Zimbabwean magic in Edinburgh, bewitched children, and an occult library made this an irresistible temptation! Thanks to Tor for the eARC.

Mastermind by Andrew Mayne
I honestly did not expect a return to the character of Theo Cray… but here we are and I’m so here for it! It looks like Theo will be teaming up with Jessica Blackwood (from another Andrew Mayne series???) for an adventure that seems to lean a little more supernatural than mundane. Thanks to Thomas & Mercer for the eARC.

Sirgrus Blackmane Demihuman Gumshoe and Dark-Elf by William Schlichter
This sounds completely amazing! Set during the Prohibition, a dwarf detective must investigate a string of murders and find the killer before he’s next. This is quite short, with only 220 pages and sounds like quite the adventure! Thanks to BHC Press for the eARC.

My Purchases:

My recent audio purchases are quite the varied lot. Obviously I couldn’t resist A Court of Silver Flames and I can’t wait to share my review – it’s going to be a fun one to write! I also picked up the YA scifi Aurora Rising and most recently The Alienist. 

Decided to treat myself to a few hobby-related (cooking and plants/botany) books. I am really enjoying The Drunken Botanist and find it an informative yet pleasurable to read book with lots of fun facts and even recipes. I haven’t really checked out The Flavor Equation or Plants that Kill yet, but will soon!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme originally hosted on Breaking the Spine but has since linked up with “Can’t Wait Wednesday” at Wishful Endings now that the original creator is unable to host it anymore. This is a great way to share upcoming released you’re excited about!


 

A new series from Tasha Suri is very exciting news! I really enjoyed Empire of Sand and The Jasmine Throne sounds like it will have an equally lush setting and thrilling plot. An imprisoned princess and a maid possessed of forbidden magic become unlikely allies – I’m sold!! This will be released in June 2021!

Stacking the Shelves: 8/17/19

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly (or in my case monthly) meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and it’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


Received for Review:

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Many thanks to Tor for sending over Kingmaker by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes, Death Goddess Dance by Levi Black, and Earth by Ben Bova. Honestly, I don’t know that I’ll be reading any of these since two are series I’m not up-to-date on and Earth is not one I’m particularly interested in. These will be donations that I’m sure will make someone else extremely happy!

Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine

I’ve been enjoying the Great Library series and have been looking forward to this newest installment. Many thanks to Berkley for the finished copy.

The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier

Finally, I’m getting around to a Juliet Marillier book!! I’ve had one of her books on my shelf for ages and another on my TBR but I never seemed to have the time to read them. Now I’ve got a brand spanky new release so I’ve got no excuse! Thanks to Ace for the finished copy.

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Orbit sent over some really cool new releases recently as well!

Jade War by Fonda Lee

More gang wars, more politics, more drama. The first book in this series was pretty cool and this one has great reviews thus far!

Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri

This is an interesting sequel – it doesn’t focus on the main character of Empire of Sand, but rather her younger sister who is now an adult. I’m curious to see if the two books will kind of come together or something.

Raging Storm by Markus Heitz

DWARVES! This book sounds really cool, but it’s the fourth book in a series that I’ve never read so I’ll probably donate this one as well (it was sent to me by mistake).

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Turning Darkness into Light by Marie Brennan

I REALLY liked the Memoirs of Lady Trent series and this is going to be about her granddaughter! The synopsis has buzzy words like conspiracy, rebellion, and war, so honestly I just couldn’t resist. Many thanks to Tor for the eARC.

My Purchases:

I picked up some great audiobooks in the last month and it’s been hard to get my regular reading done. Looking Glass was a tense read and I could’t help but to pick up Murder Theory shortly after. I ended up getting Beneath the Twisted Trees on audio because I’ve enjoyed the previous books in that format and it helps my schedule out tremendously. And one of the most exiting – DARK AGE! Dang, I feel like I’ve been waiting on this book forever and I was almost nervous to pick it up for fear that I wouldn’t be into it… I was wrong. It’s SO HARD TO PUT DOWN!

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri – Review

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Published: November 13, 2018

Publisher: Orbit

Series: The Books of Ambha #1

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 496 (Paperback)

My Rating: 4.5/5.0

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

A nobleman’s daughter with magic in her blood. An empire built on the dreams of enslaved gods. Empire of Sand is Tasha Suri’s captivating, Mughal India-inspired debut fantasy.

The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited.

When Mehr’s power comes to the attention of the Emperor’s most feared mystics, she must use every ounce of will, subtlety, and power she possesses to resist their cruel agenda.

Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance…


I was expecting to enjoy this book, but not quite as much as I did! Inspired by Mughal-ruled India (16th –mid 19th century), Empire of Sand is the story of Mehr, illegitimate daughter of one of the provincial governors. Mehr’s Amrithi heritage makes her disliked by those of more noble blood and she makes no efforts to hide her practice of Amrithi traditions within the household. Her Amrithi heritage also means Mehr is descended from the powerful daiva who once ruled the deserts and she has magic in her blood.

Mehr’s magic is brought to the attention of the Emperor’s mystics, who quickly swoop down upon her home and basically force her into a marriage. This is unheard of, as the biggest freedom women of the Ambhan Empire have is to choose their husband. In order to keep her family safe she agrees and is married to one of the mystics who turns out to not be entirely bad. Mehr is taken to the desert fortress and enters the service of the Maha, foremost among the Empire’s mystics. Here she’s forced to partake in a ritual only she and her new husband can perform and its result is good for the people of the empire, but not so good for the sleeping gods.

I thought the premise of the story was interesting and I like Mehr and many of the other characters. The Maha was made to be disturbingly cruel and quite the cult leader. It’s good to have a villain you and properly hate – I don’t always want their perspective because sometimes I just don’t want to sympathize with them. Overall, this was an excellent story and there will be a sequel, though it seems like it will focus on Mehr’s younger sister many years later.

Currently Reading: 11/26/18

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Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

I didn’t quite get around to reading this when I wanted to, but now that the Thanksgiving madness has settled I’ll give this a go before the Christmas madness begins. I’ve been looking forward to checking out this Indian-inspired fantasy for a few months now and it sounds pretty awesome.

 

I’m also still listening to Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey and hope to have that finished later this week.

Stacking the Shelves: 7/14/18

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and it’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


Received for Review:

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Thanks to Orbit for the finished copies shown here!!

Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

I don’t know too much about this book, other than the author and synopsis caught my eye. This sounds like a fun series and the best part is that there are already three books out.

Dreadful Company by Vivian Shaw

I absolutely loved last year’s Strange Practice so of course I jumped on the opportunity to get a copy of it’s sequel. I absolutely can’t wait to dive into this one!

The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith Spark

I can honestly say I just want to see how terrible a person Marith can become in this book. It’s a monster of a book too, so I sure hope it’s as good as the first one so I can feel compelled to read the whole thing in a reasonable amount of time.

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

This sounds like it’s going to be a hit, just from the synopsis. It’s Indian inspired and just looks so appealing. It’s not out until November, so it will be a couple months before I even begin to think about this one. Thanks to Orbit for the eGalley.

In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey

Creepy forest, creepy fairytale, vaguely sinister cover – I’m sold. I don’t know much beyond that and I’m curious to see how this book turns out. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the eGalley.

Purchases/Gifted:

Year One by Nora Roberts

What an utterly addictive book! I loved it and will have a review up in the next week or so (as I try to catch up on like 6 reviews).

The White Tower by Michael Wisehart

My current read is shaping up to feel like a very traditional fantasy, which is not a bad thing. It’s interesting!

Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe

Yet another addictive read that I was surprised by. It was ridiculously fun and I can’t wait to share a review of this one!

On the Shoulders of Titans by Andrew Rowe

I liked the first book so much that I bought the sequel as soon as I finished it!!

A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham

I’ve never read any of Daniel Abraham’s fantasy, so when tor.com offered this as their free ebook of the month I of course downloaded it! By the way, if you haven’t signed up for their newsletter you should, solely for the free ebook offers they do!!

Waiting on Wednesday: Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme originally hosted on Breaking the Spine but has since linked up with “Can’t Wait Wednesday” at Wishful Endings now that the original creator is unable to host it anymore. This is a great way to share upcoming released you’re excited about!


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Empire of Sand sounds like such a fantastic debut novel and I can’t wait to read this! I was lucky enough to get an eGalley from Orbit and might read this a little sooner than it’s November release. The synopsis promises magic, an exciting culture, and a glorious empire full of personal agendas! The few early reviews are very positive and can’t wait to share my opinion as well!