Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
**We picked up an Advanced copy from BookCon and would like to thank Tasha Suri and Orbit for the opportunity to read early. This book comes out on Nov 13th, 2018 and you can get it here.**
What I drank prior:
I went out for a friends birthday and drank a few beers. I’m currently drinkign water and eating chicken nuggets becuase I am an adult and there is nobody awake in my apartment to tell me not to. (Becuase it’s almost 2am an why am I still up?) As an fyi, I picked up this book at BookCon, it hasn’t come out yet and this is free and honest review.
Okay. this is just the overview so I’m going to try not to gush all over this book in this section. Mehr is the illegitimate child of a govenor in her world. She was raised in the traditional manner of her mother’s people as opposed to her colonizer father’s people. Evil stepmom, tenuous relationships. The whole jazz. Then, drama. Her blood carries some old school magic with rituals she knows (thanks to mom) and it draws trouble in the form of a marriage proposal to some shady people who secretly or not so secretly control portions of the land… She ends up marrying Amun who is tied to the shady people in ways I don’t feel like describing here, but Shit Goes Down!
Spoiler-free Thoughts: Holy Shit. This is the book I’ve been looking for! This book scratched such a specific itch and I’m having trouble putting it into words (I have the same problem sober so, not sure how different this review would be without the beers earlier). But this book hit everything I wanted it to. I’ve heard plenty of Western fairytales but other than the Scheherazade story I haven’t seen much from other cultures. Quite honestly this read to me like a fairytale that just hasn’t happened far enough in the past to be a story yet…. not sure that sentence makes sense outside of my head.
Characters: Mehr is fascinating as a character because of her personal growth. As the story continues she sees the examples of her privilege and it’s kind of beautiful to see how her mind works. There were so many situations where I was really surprised at her choices and I’ve read enough that it’s not a common thing for me to be surprised. Amun, her husband also grew in ways that probably don’t fit this spoiler free part. While I absolutely adored him by the end there were definitely parts of his character taht came off as a little two dimensional. That being said I really enjoyed the way the fanaticism in this book was treated by Mehr.
Plot: mmmm plot. I really enjoy my trope-y kind of situations, and the quasi-accidental marriage super fits that love of tropes. I can’t really think of anything else to add. Like I said above I was surprised by some of the character choices and reactions. I didn’t really know what to expect going into this book (as I mentioned, got it at bookcon, started reading it immediately, finished in maybe two days) but I couldn’t wait to keep reading it.
Writing Style: I’m going to take this section to try to explain what I said above. There’s a dreamy quality to the writing here that fits the story so well. It makes the book feel like a story that is going to be told by generations to come within the universe created in the book. Like Grandkids will be passing the stories on… The descriptions were exactly what I want in a book; they aren’t cloying and overdone but managed to, to use a cliche, paint a picture.
What to pair it with: This book strikes me as a deep red wine. Maybe a cab sav. Yup. that’s what I’m sticking with. There’s a depth to this book that I really enjoyed.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
COMMENT DOWN BELOW: This book will be coming out in November. Definitely worth a read. I’m tempted to start re-reading it now. But I’d love to hear what you think.
Enjoy a drink and Enjoy a book,