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Mehr is a girl trapped between two cultures. Her father comes from the ruling classes of the empire but her mother's people were outcasts, Amrithi nomads who worshipped the spirits of the sands. Caught one night performing these forbidden rites, Mehr is brought to the attention of the Emperor's most feared mystics, who force her into their service by way of an arranged marriage. She discovers that her new husband is a mysterious, enslaved Amrithi with abilities like her own: together they must use every ounce of cunning, power and will they possess to resist the order's cruel agenda - and should they fail, the spirits themselves may awaken seeking vengeance...
|Publication date:||15th November 2018|
|Publisher:||Orbit an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
I was hooked from the moment I began Tasha Suri's gorgeous debut novel, Empire of sand. Suri has created a rich world full of beautiful and powerful magic, utterly compelling characters, high stakes and immersive prose. I absolutely loved it! -- Kat Howard A powerful story of empire, magic, and resistance, told with an intimate poignancy and emotional resonance -- Rowenna Miller Genuine, painful, and beautiful. A very strong start for a new voice -- KIRKUS (starred review) An oasis of a story that you fall into, head-first. A mesmerising tale full of magic and mystery -- Sayantani DasGupta Riveting and wonderful! A fascinating desert world, a compelling heroine, and a richly satisfying conclusion. Empire of Sand will sweep you away! -- Sarah Beth Durst Empire of Sand is astounding. The desert setting captured my imagination, the magic bound me up, and the epic story set my heart free -- Fran Wilde This is the future of fantasy: rich, complex, unflinching. Empire of Sand is a stunning achievement -- Mark Oshiro Empire of Sand is a lovely dark dream full of wrenching choices and bittersweet triumph. This gorgeous, magic-woven story and its determined heroine spin hope from hopelessness, power from powerlessness, and love from desolation -- Melissa Caruso The desert setting, complex characters, and epic mythology will captivate readers -- BOOKLIST (starred review) The best fantasy novel I have read this year. I loved it! -- Miles Cameron Empire of Sand draws you into an intricately realized world of blood and secrets. An arresting and magical history told through the eyes of an indomitable heroine. I cannot ask for more. -- Jeannette Ng Dark secrets lurk at an empire's heart in this complex, affecting epic fantasy . . . A worthy addition to any epic fantasy fan's bookshelf -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review) A beautiful story in a stunning, magical world. An enthralling debut -- Claire North A darkly intricate, devastating, and utterly original story about the ways we are bound by those we love -- R. F. Kuang, author of THE POPPY WAR A stunning and enthralling debut, Empire of Sand thoroughly swept me away -- S. A. Chakraborty, author of CITY OF BRASS
Tasha Suri was born in Harrow, North-West London. The daughter of Punjabi parents, she spent many childhood holidays exploring India with her family, and still fondly remembers the time she was chased around the Taj Mahal by an irate tour guide. She studied English and Creative Writing at Warwick University, and now lives in London where she works as a librarian. To no one's surprise, she owns a cat. A love of period Bollywood films, history and mythology led her to begin writing South Asian influenced fantasy.More About Tasha Suri