The Leaning Pile of Books is a feature where I discuss books I got over the last week—old or new, bought or received in the mail for review consideration (often these are unsolicited books from publishers). Since I hope you will find new books you’re interested in reading in these posts, I try to be as informative as possible. If I can find them, links to excerpts, author’s websites, and places where you can find more information on the book are included.

Last week brought a fantasy debut that sounds excellent, but first, here’s my latest review in case you missed it last week:

  • Review of Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence — Although I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as Red Sister, I still loved it, especially the second half. I’m invested in the characters, and I also appreciated that it had characters with a variety of strengths and nuns who were badass in different ways.

Now, on to the latest book mail!

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Tasha Suri’s debut novel will be released on November 13 in the US (trade paperback, ebook) and on November 15 in the UK.

I’ve been intrigued by Empire of Sand since I first heard of it earlier this year so I was pretty thrilled when I opened a mystery book package and found a copy of it!


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…

Empire of Sand is a lush, dazzling fantasy novel perfect for readers of City of Brass and The Wrath & the Dawn.

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