Realm of Ash (The Books of Ambha) (Paperback)

By Tasha Suri

Orbit, 9780316449755, 496pp.

Publication Date: November 12, 2019

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Description

A spellbinding new fantasy from the author of the award-winning Empire of Sand, in which the fate of an empire rests in the hands of a young woman with magical blood and nothing left to lose and an outcast prince determined to save his family at any cost.

The Ambhan Empire is crumbling. A terrible war of succession hovers on the horizon. The only hope for peace lies in the mysterious realm of ash, where mortals can find what they seek in the echoes of their ancestors' dreams. But to walk there requires a steep price.

Arwa is determined to make the journey. Widowed by a brutal massacre, she's pledged service to the royal family and will see that pledge through to the end. She never expected to be joined by Zahir, the disgraced, illegitimate prince who has turned to forbidden magic in a desperate bid to save those he loves.

Together, they'll walk the bloody path of their shared past. And it will call into question everything they've ever believed...including whether the Empire is worth saving at all.

"Those with a penchant for lyrical prose, intricate world building, beautifully imagined characters, compelling immersive folklore...need look no further." -- Booklist (starred review)


The Books of Ambha
Empire of Sand
Realm of Ash


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.


Praise For Realm of Ash (The Books of Ambha)

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

"A 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

"A 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

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

"A 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