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    amazing story

    The newest story in the Fairy Queens series has every characteristic trait of the whole series, and yet succeeded to be original and different. Cinder is freeborn half-Idaran, which makes her unaccepted by both Idarans and clansmen. Living as a servant in brothel, her life is being manipulated and treated with no respect as if she were a slave. When she is supposed to have a choice, threats against her family blackmails her into situations she hates and struggles to cope with, but she is strong and survives every obstacle. When she finds an unexpected ally in Darsam, relative of goddess queen Nelay, she dares to feel hopeful again. I simply love Amber´s books. Not only because of the stunning world and landscapes the story is set into, or the fast development and surprising twists in the plot. I admire her ability to come with every possible difficulty one could face and provide a guidance through the whole decision making process, dealt from the point of view of the specific characters, peppered with their emotions and thoughts. All the main characters are complex, believable and totally worth the interest. Observing their development and shaping is truly an experience. I am very glad I was given the opportunity to read the ARC.
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    Fantastic!

    Of Sand and Storm is a side story within the Fairy Queen series that focuses on a young woman named Cinder, who plays a small role in Winter’s Heir. This is her story of how sh came to be entangled in the world of the Fairy. Cinder’s story touches on subjects that were briefly highlighted in the other novels, such as sex trafficking and slavery. Where we got an overview of sorts of the situation in Idara in Summer Queen and Of Fire and Ash, we now get to see just what slavery can mean for those unfortunate enough to forced into it. We see women forced to work in brothels, and underhanded tactics to turn free people into slaves through rising debt and indentured servitude. It’s a harsh world, and gaining freedom comes an a very high price. This one isn’t an easy read and it’s definitely not a light one, as it deals with subject matter that is on the darker side but they are topics so often glossed over in younger fantasy and while this novel never ventures into anything truly graphic the overall tone is there. As such I definitely think this would be better for the older young adults, though I would say the same for most of this series already. Fighting for survival and the right to choices are themes in all of the Fairy Queen novels, but never has it felt more real than in Of Sand and Storm. Cinder isn’t a woman fighting to prevent a war or save a nation, she’s fighting for her freedom and the freedom of her family. She’s fighting against an institution that sees her as a way to make money and would keep her in bondage until she dies. Her struggle is on a smaller scale than some of the others in this series but in a lot of ways her fight is just as important. Her story shines a light on the darker recesses of the world that the Fairy Queens fight over, where as the the otherworldly creatures fight over who owns the lands there are people struggling to gain the simple freedoms of choice. Cinder is a silent sort of strong and would do anything for her family, and while she has a very grounded sort of quality about her she also has a small spark of fire that refuses to be quashed out. I love the fact that she holds onto a goodness that so many would have lost after going through what she has, and we see that in other characters featured. We get to see the toll servitude takes on the minds of those forced into it, and how it can harbor bitterness and resentment. Like most of the women Argyle writes she is a woman who knows when to bend and how to weather storms, even when she doesn’t see it in herself. She is strong willed and independent, but willing to take help that is offered or place herself on the line to get to where she wants to be. I’m so glad to have this one last little foray into Argyle’s Fairy Queens world, dark though it may be, because she has a way with words. I have read more than half of Argyle’s work and she has yet to fail to deliver a story worth reading, and I sincerely can’t wait to delve into even more.
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    Not your Choldhood Fairytale !!

    Amber Argyle has hit Fairytale gold with her adult remakes of Fairytale classics. She keeps enough of the original story so you know which Fairytale it is, but switches it up enough to appeal to grown up readers. Cinder is brought up in a brothel instead of a castle and is sexy as sin instead of wholesome. I recommend this book to anyone who loves Fairytale for adults, if your looking for a sweet story go check out the original Cinderella, if you want sweet, sexy heat; check out Of Sand and Storm !! 5
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    Wow! Another great Fairy Queen story

    Cinder is a servant in a brothel. She is ‘free’, but her mother and grandmother are slaves and ‘companions’ to men. Cinder tries to find work to buy her family freedom, but she is despised because she has clan blood in her. She meets Darsam, when she is pushed in front of his chariot. This book is suspenseful from the very beginning. What I like best about this Fairy Queen Series is that the main characters are strong women, who fight through adversary and continue to hope. This is a suspenseful book with romance, hope, and dark moments. If you have read her other books in the series, there are new twists in this book that keep you guessing. There are also parallels to issues still around today. I highly recommend this book and this series. I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.
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