AUTHOR: L. R. W. Lee
DATE RELEASE: January 15, 2018
PUBLISHED BY: Woodgate Publishing
SERIES: Book 1 of The Sand Maiden trilogy
SYNOPSIS (FROM GOODREADS):
You've heard of the Sand Man. Meet his counterpart, the Sand Maiden.
Alissandra thrills to help her human charges make sense of thoughts that need refinement, problems that need solutions, worries that beg for action, and things they should or shouldn’t have said, as she weaves their dreams. She’s been doing it her entire immortal existence. But when the most powerful king in Dream realm sets his sights on her current charge, Prince Kovis Altairn, to exploit him in his quest to conquer Wake realm, Ali has no choice but to flee and pray the sovereign doesn’t hunt her down.
In this, the first in a three book series, Ali’s arrival isn’t applauded by some and she finds herself caught in a political game that may silence her before she can begin to defend Wake. All the while, she sees signs that the power-hungry Dream king is pursuing her. What will happen if he finds her?
Prince Kovis Altairn, crown prince and the most powerful sorcerer in the Altairn Empire, knows nothing about Dream realm, let alone his sand maiden. So when Ali is discovered naked in his bedroom, how will she convince him of her intentions, as well as the danger?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR (FROM GOODREADS):
L. R. W. Lee has a passion for fantasy and epic fantasy and in that genre, she credits C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe with its beginning in her life. Later on, she enjoyed the complex world of Middle Earth brought to life by J. R. R. Tolkien in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
The multiple dimensions of the worlds, especially the dragons, mixed with a layer of meaning captivated her and made her desire to invent Young Adult Fantasy and Epic Fantasy worlds others could get lost in, but also take meaning away from.
More recently, L. R. W. has taken her love of fantasy in a new direction, that of NA fantasy romance. Calling herself a fan of Sarah J. Maas, L. R. W. has begun The Sand Maiden series which promises to satisfy the most die hard romantic while giving a plot and obstacles meaty enough for the fantasy lover.
L. R. W. Lee lives in scenic Austin, TX with her husband.
**I was given an electronic copy of the book by the author in exchange of my honest review. Also, spoiler-free!**
Many of you have probably heard about Sand man or Sand maiden - mystical beings who are in charge of your dreams. They banish away your nightmare and create wonderful dreams that will make you feel good and well-rested.
This is a story about Ali, a sand maiden who escaped from the Dream Realm. Her charge, Prince Kovis, is not only the crown prince of the Altairn Empire but he is also the most powerful socerer.
This is not your average YA fantasy book. This is a (very) dark YA fantasy book. The first part of the novel was very fast-paced. If you can take explicit scenes like brutal torture and sexual assault - well, I can say that this is not for the faint-hearted like me. Believe me, I almost had an heart attack! Being a bookworm, my imagination is very wild and this one part of the book really gave me nightmares.
It is very well-written, I was not able to put the book down because I want to know what will happen next. Unfortunately towards the middle of the book, it became slow and a bit confusing. I felt that the story somehow went off-course but it quickly got back to the storyline. The love story is predictable - I was hoping there will be more because I like love triangle and I always rooting for the underdog.
RATING: 3.9 out of 5 stars
Overall, even if it gave me a (almost) heart attack, I will definitely recommend this book. Just make sure you do not drink any caffeinated beverages while reading this. Looking forward to the second book.
*ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE AUTHOR*
There will be a prequel of this book that will be release this year (if I am not mistaken, it will be release on June).
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