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Realm of Ash Paperback – Nov. 12 2019

4.5 out of 5 stars 472 ratings

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"A poignant story of finding one's place in a world warped by prejudice, court intrigue, violence, and sorcery....Those with a penchant for lyrical prose, intricate world building, beautifully imagined characters, compelling immersive folklore, and a fascinating look into a setting reminiscent of the Mughal Empire need look no further."―Booklist (starred review) on Realm of Ash

"Suri's companion to
Empire of Sand continues to expand on the stark beauty and power of this magical realm. With striking characters and court intrigue, this story is dark, melodious, and memorable."Library Journal (starred review) on Realm of Ash

"Sharp worldbuilding, authentic characters, and thoughtful explorations of prejudice and misogyny bode well for future volumes."―
Kirkus (starred review) on Realm of Ash

Sumptuous."―Publishers Weekly on Realm of Ash

"[A] feast of desert magic, palace intrigue, forbidden romance and veiled princesses making all their own hard choices. ... For all the imaginative scope and fresh worldbuilding, the heart of Suri's series beats in the chests of its indomitable heroines. Their every struggle and sacrifice, triumph and fear, resonate more deeply than the fates of whole worlds in less personal fantasies."―
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"Suri takes us back to Ambha with
Realm of Ash, an equally lush and tender narrative ... Realm of Ash is about anger as allowed - and how anger gets things done. Which makes both books, I think, stories that we deeply, deeply need right now."―Strange Horizons on Realm of Ash

"An ode to the quiet, fierce strength of women...pure wonder." Samantha Shannon on Empire of Sand

stunning and enthralling debut that thoroughly swept me away....A quiet, powerful and unexpected love story set in a crushing world of magic and tyrants, Empire of Sand is a gripping tale."―S. A. Chakraborty on Empire of Sand

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

"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 on Empire of Sand

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

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

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

brilliant debut that shows us a rich, magical world with clear parallels to this one...absorbing, heart wrenching, and triumphant. Highly recommended."―Kevin Hearne on Empire of Sand

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 on Empire of Sand

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 on Empire of Sand

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

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 on Empire of Sand

"Tasha 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 on Empire of Sand

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 on Empire of Sand

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 on Empire of Sand

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. Find her on Twitter @tashadrinkstea.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Orbit (Nov. 12 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 031644975X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0275948078
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 386 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.84 x 3.81 x 20.96 cm
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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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