- File Size: 2963 KB
- Print Length: 451 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1533477353
- Publisher: Yvonne Patterson (March 18, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 18, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01D68P55W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When I discovered that she had published a novel, I was incredibly excited to see what she had created. And what a thing of beauty it is. "Bride of the Sun" follows the journey of Shay, a Sikhandi firedancer, as she unexpectedly finds her life intertwined with that of Medyr, a lord from the northern land of Aneiron. It is a story full of adventure, intrigue, romance, and fantasy, and I devoured it within the course of a night.
Lia has crafted an incredibly detailed world in her novel, drawing upon a myriad of Eastern influences, while throwing magic into the mix. The nice thing too is that she does not coddle readers with her world-building and there is much to be discovered as one progresses through the story. I'm sure there are also many new details that will take on new meaning with repeat readings, so this is certainly a novel to be read over again.
As a female reader of Asian descent, I was thrilled to find a protagonist that I could see myself in, physically. Beyond that, I appreciated that Shay was a strong but imperfect hero, who sometimes needed to be saved but could also hold her own in different ways as well.
I was very sad when the story came to an end, because I was so thoroughly enjoying our heroes' journey. I think there is much potential for a sequel should Lia choose to pursue it, especially in exploring the realm of Aneiron. If she does, I will be the first in line to purchase it!
The book treads a fine line between adult romance and young adult fantasy. There is nothing too graphic in the book, although sexual violence is threatened against some characters. Anything more hinted at happens off-screen. I would recommend this book for adults and older teens. This is definitely a "Try if You Like" the Damar books by Robin McKinley, the Tortall books by Tamora Pierce, or the Septimus Heap books by Angie Sage.
The only reasons I gave it four stars instead of five is that some parts were a little confusing to me. I thought the pacing of the reveal of how Fire Dancers and the Elements work was fine, but other aspects I am still puzzling out. I'm a little hazy on what the main characters look like apart from their hair color, but perhaps she was making that deliberately vague so that we could imagine them ourselves. My biggest problem is that I am having a really hard time picturing the geographical relationship of the various countries mentioned in the book relative to each other. If Ms. Patterson writes a sequel (and I hope she does!) I really hope it includes a map.
Would love to read more in this world, especially a book about the return trip home and arrival.