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Empire of Sand Review

Empire of Sand Review

Title: Empire Of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)
Author: Tasha Suri
Pages: 496
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Orbit
Rating: ★★★★

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 went into Empire of Sand completely blind. I liked the cover and decided that it would be a great book to listen to (shameless plug for libro.fm). Empire of Sand was a great so good that I actually looked forward to my commute! 

I was enticed from the very beginning. I love books that take me through other times and cultures and this one did both. It reminded me a lot of Children of Blood and Bone. But what I thought was funny is that Empire of Sand felt more YA and Children of Blood and Bone felt more like an adult fantasy book… 

But what I really loved about this book was the love between Mehr and Amun. I am first and foremost a romance lover, so I of course gravitated to the love! Amun is just one of those people that is too good to be in the world. He is that guy that you just swoon over. He and Mehr together made me sigh and go “Awww” Many times.

There was a bit of a pacing issue: it was really intense and then it kinda faltered a little and then it was really intense again! Although it was a little slow it was worth it- I was never bored though.

The imagery in this book just sucks you in. The sand, the heat, and the fear- you just feel it. It was like I was in there, experiencing the story along with Mehr and Amun. If you’re a fan of Children and Blood and Bone then this book is something you would enjoy. It echos it in all the best ways! Read it, enjoy it, experience it, wait impatiently with me while we wait for the next book to come out!

-Happy Reading

For my review of Children of Blood and Bone, click here.

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