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Empire of Sand Paperback – Nov. 13 2018

4.3 out of 5 stars 908 ratings

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"A stunning and enthralling debut, Empire of Sand thoroughly swept me away. With wonderfully lyrical prose, Suri deftly balances fantastic world-building with a nuanced exploration of family ties and the lengths one will go for love. A quiet, powerful and unexpected love story set in a crushing world of magic and tyrants, Empire of Sand is a gripping tale of survival I'll be recommending for a long time!"―S. A. Chakraborty

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The best fantasy novel I have read this year. I loved it!"―Miles Cameron

"A
brilliant debut that shows us a rich, magical world with clear parallels to this one: it has a sadistic leader with a cult-like following who warps the world for personal gain, a few individuals with the strength to resist him, and a planet seeking balance. But its core is a heroine defined by her choices, and her journey is absorbing, heart wrenching, and triumphant. Highly recommended."―Kevin Hearne

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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

"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
darkly intricate, devastating, and utterly original story about the ways we are bound by those we love."―R. F. Kuang

"Tasha Suri's
beautiful prose, with its undercurrent of warm tenderness, hides a web of escalating tension and existential dread. By the time the spider appears, Empire of Sand will have you in its grip and you won't be able to put it down."―Peter V. Brett

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This is the future of fantasy: rich, complex, unflinching. Empire of Sand is a stunning achievement."―Mark Oshiro

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Genuine, painful, and beautiful. A very strong start for a new voice."―Kirkus (starred review)

"Complex,
affecting epic fantasy.... Intricate worldbuilding, heartrending emotional stakes... well-wrought prose."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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The desert setting, complex characters, and epic mythology will captivate readers of Suri's debut fantasy."―Booklist (starred review)

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A lush, atmospheric and sweeping epic fantasy, a powerful story of resistance and love in the face of terrifying darkness. You'll want to devour Empire of Sand."―Aliette de Bodard

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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

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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

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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

"Opens up a rich new world…Mehr’s underdog story will feel familiar, but her unique powers and Suri’s creative world-building heighten the stakes."―
Raisa Bruner, TIME’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time

"An oasis of a story that you fall into, head-first.
A mesmerizing tale full of magic and mystery."―Sayantani DasGupta

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A powerful story of empire, magic, and resistance, told with an intimate poignancy and emotional resonance."―Rowenna Miller

"A study of elegance, eloquence and a unique example of how words can be used with restraint and care to create something
wonderful.... The start of an incredible journey."―Geek Syndicate

"Impressive, exciting.... Beautiful and evocative."―
Fantasy Book Critic

About the Author

Tasha Suri was born in London to Punjabi parents. She studied English and Creative Writing at Warwick University, and is now a cat-owning librarian in London. A love of period Bollywood films, history, and mythology led her to write South Asian-influenced fantasy.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Orbit (Nov. 13 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316449717
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316449717
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 408 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 3.49 x 20.96 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Tasha Suri is an award-winning author, a writing tutor, an occasional librarian and a cat owner. She has won the Best Newcomer (Sydney J. Bounds) Award from the British Fantasy Society, the Starburst Brave New Words Award, and has been nominated for the Astounding Award and Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her debut novel Empire of Sand was named one of the 100 best fantasy books of all time by TIME magazine. When she isn’t writing, Tasha likes to cry over TV shows, buy too many notebooks, and indulge her geeky passion for reading about South Asian history. She lives with her family in a mildly haunted house in London.

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