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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....

©2018 Tasha Suri (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

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  • R. Maines
  • 06-25-20

Refreshing

I bought this book months ago and forgot about it. So I was pleasantly surprised when I found the book and started reading Arwa’s journey makes for a riveting story and left me with a desire to pick up the sequel.

Narration was well done.

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  • Jessica Lai
  • 04-02-19

A tad repetitive

Interesting premise and a insight into mysticism. However, the main character's internal thoughts are repetitive. I thought some of her insecurities could be explained in other ways.

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  • Poppey
  • 01-16-19

Not Bad

I found this book quite hard to get into. The many names seemed to sound similar, which was initially confusing.

However, once past the beginning, I began to warm to the story which
revolves around a young noblewoman, Mehr, who is caught between two cultures; Mehr is forced into marriage to Amun, who turns out to be one of her race, an Amrithi and a mystic. Amun, too, was forced to marry Mehr so that they could dance the rite of the bound, a dance that warps the dreams of the sleeping gods to fulfil the prayers of the mystics, thus maintaining and expanding the empire.

I did quite enjoy this book, but as to following the storyline on, I do not think I enjoyed it to that extent.

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  • Jummai
  • 11-15-18

loved it!

Simply a beautiful tale. I binge listened to this, her niavity was a little annoying in the beginning; running around acting like her actions would have no consequence. The protagonist is headstrong, and although a little annoying in the beginning it served her well for the majority of the book. I also appreciate that the romance didn't leave me conflicted; she got to keep every part of herself and still find love.

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  • shab
  • 10-05-21

Its pretty good



Loved the MC. Compared to other YA books, this girl has her head on straight.

I’m pretty sure this features Indian folklore, going by the names in the books, and the drips of culture in there. Which is great. I love European set books, but damn I love things set in the Middle East, and Asia too. So extra points for that.

It’s very well written, with a great plot and the story moves smoothly. Author did a great job. I think this is her first book, if so, she smashed it. Honestly, well done.

Narrator was fantastic too.

If you're unsure about listening to this, please do. It’s a great tale.

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  • Roy
  • 01-09-19

A charming tale of love born in adversity

This wonderful low fantasy world is woven by its creative author and talented narrator into a colourful tapestry of a background for a heart-warming story of self-finding and love despite prosecution and adversity. Very enjoyable, entertaining and inspirational tale, hope to see more of this new author.