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Sable has been exposed for who she is: Imari, the illegitimate daughter of Istraa’s king, and a Liagé—someone born with forbidden Shah power. After ten years of hiding and surviving in the bitter cold Wilds, she is finally returning home. But it's not the homecoming Imari envisioned. After all, her father proclaimed her dead ten years ago, and with an anonymous Liagé leade Sable has been exposed for who she is: Imari, the illegitimate daughter of Istraa’s king, and a Liagé—someone born with forbidden Shah power. After ten years of hiding and surviving in the bitter cold Wilds, she is finally returning home. But it's not the homecoming Imari envisioned. After all, her father proclaimed her dead ten years ago, and with an anonymous Liagé leader operating in Istraa’s shadows, attacking villages and burning down temples, her father fears the people will blame Imari. It could mean his throne, and her life. Worse yet, the night Imari played her flute in Skyhold’s court, something unlocked inside of her, and now her power will not quiet. Neither will the growing fury she feels on behalf of Istraa’s Sol Velorian labor— people who share her blood. As that fury becomes too loud to ignore, Imari chooses to use her position to liberate the Sol Velor. But can she free them without angering enemies hungry for the power she wields—a power that could rip the Five Provinces apart?


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Sable has been exposed for who she is: Imari, the illegitimate daughter of Istraa’s king, and a Liagé—someone born with forbidden Shah power. After ten years of hiding and surviving in the bitter cold Wilds, she is finally returning home. But it's not the homecoming Imari envisioned. After all, her father proclaimed her dead ten years ago, and with an anonymous Liagé leade Sable has been exposed for who she is: Imari, the illegitimate daughter of Istraa’s king, and a Liagé—someone born with forbidden Shah power. After ten years of hiding and surviving in the bitter cold Wilds, she is finally returning home. But it's not the homecoming Imari envisioned. After all, her father proclaimed her dead ten years ago, and with an anonymous Liagé leader operating in Istraa’s shadows, attacking villages and burning down temples, her father fears the people will blame Imari. It could mean his throne, and her life. Worse yet, the night Imari played her flute in Skyhold’s court, something unlocked inside of her, and now her power will not quiet. Neither will the growing fury she feels on behalf of Istraa’s Sol Velorian labor— people who share her blood. As that fury becomes too loud to ignore, Imari chooses to use her position to liberate the Sol Velor. But can she free them without angering enemies hungry for the power she wields—a power that could rip the Five Provinces apart?

30 review for Temple of Sand

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    The secret is out and Imari is on her way back to Istraa to face the music... She’s certainly not expecting this homecoming to be a warm and celebratory affair, but things are worse than she could ever have imagined. A rebel leader is killing their way through the countryside causing chaos and bloody destruction, a terrifying example of the violence the Liagé are capable of unleashing. Fears grow by the day, each new attack leaving temples burned and people dead or missing. Blame could easily lan The secret is out and Imari is on her way back to Istraa to face the music... She’s certainly not expecting this homecoming to be a warm and celebratory affair, but things are worse than she could ever have imagined. A rebel leader is killing their way through the countryside causing chaos and bloody destruction, a terrifying example of the violence the Liagé are capable of unleashing. Fears grow by the day, each new attack leaving temples burned and people dead or missing. Blame could easily land on Imari, making it near impossible for her to reveal her true self. Whatever that may be. Her time in the Wilds has changed her, opening her eyes to the flaws in the world around her. The unfairness. The misery. The horror of Sol Velorian lives lived without hope or mercy. But if her banishment altered, then it also strengthened. Imari might have run before, but this time she has it all to fight for… Just like Gods of Men, Temple of Sand is a cracking read. I’ve been trying to come up with the right way to describe it but honestly I’m struggling. It’s a prime example of the new breed of SFF writing that smashes through genre labels like the outmoded categories they are. What Barbara Kloss has done is helped herself to the best bits from multiple styles and used them all really, really well. Temple of Sand has the deep and multifaceted worldbuilding of fantasy, the pace and verve of UF, and the pure, exhilarating fun of a thriller. Yet the author never limits herself in her portrayals of the complexity of the human experience. You might think in a world where there are real villains, the lesser evils of everyday prejudice and racism might fade into the background. But that is never an option, each feeds into the other until the darkness threatens to overwhelm the light. Who is there to face this? Flawed characters with their own bad choices to negotiate and overcome. It's complicated and frequently surprising, filled with moments of real danger. And yet, there is light and laughter here, especially in the relationship between Imari and Jeric. Their romance reminds me so much of the kind you get in the finest UF. For me, Illona Andrews does it best, but this has put Barbara Kloss in my top 3. She’s found that perfect mix of heat and banter. The characters have the sort of connection that has you wishing desperately for them to get together, but also kinda wanting to keep him/her all for yourself too. Jeric is SO FREAKING HOT. I mean, sure, he has a past. What’s a few hundred (thousand?) murders between friends. We’re all about his redemption anyway. Learn from your mistakes and grow, right? He’s on the correct side now. With his impressive everything and his sexy… confidence. No wonder Imari is all aflutter. But as with all the best heroines, she gives as good as she gets. Both characters are truly engaging and everything about them brings a huge smile to my face. I loved it all. I read this cover to cover in one go and I’m already so desperate for the next book that I’ve put my order in direct with the author. It’s an incredible series that deserves more readers so take a chance. Then get in line behind me for what comes next. ARC via author

  2. 4 out of 5

    Xia ✻.

    I FUCKING NEED THIS NOWWWWWWWWWW. I FUCKING NEED THIS NOWWWWWWWWWW.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marta Ilieva

    Gosh, Barbara Kloss, what kind of magical powers do you possess??!! This book! This.Book! Dare I say it's better (maybe??) than the first one? Everything about this book is phenomenal - from world-building to character growth (um, there is not a single character I dislike - even the "bad" guys! - because they're all so complex). I can't wait for the next book to come out. seriously.cannot.wait! Gosh, Barbara Kloss, what kind of magical powers do you possess??!! This book! This.Book! Dare I say it's better (maybe??) than the first one? Everything about this book is phenomenal - from world-building to character growth (um, there is not a single character I dislike - even the "bad" guys! - because they're all so complex). I can't wait for the next book to come out. seriously.cannot.wait!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Janelle Garrett

    I highly anticipated this follow-up to The Gods of Men (one of SPFBO18's finalists) and it was a worthy wait. Barbara Kloss has quite a knack for storytelling, engaging characters, and solid writing. The story picks up where Gods left off, with Imari back home and Jeric stepping in to fill the kingly role left behind by his brother. Imari is uncertain where she stands within her family, since it's been years since she's seen them last. And her reunion with them was entirely satisfying. All is no I highly anticipated this follow-up to The Gods of Men (one of SPFBO18's finalists) and it was a worthy wait. Barbara Kloss has quite a knack for storytelling, engaging characters, and solid writing. The story picks up where Gods left off, with Imari back home and Jeric stepping in to fill the kingly role left behind by his brother. Imari is uncertain where she stands within her family, since it's been years since she's seen them last. And her reunion with them was entirely satisfying. All is not perfect, but I adored her relationship with her brother and father - something I was worried about - and the tension with her stepmother was a realistic addition to the story. Her stepmother's scorn and irritation was understandable, yet gave the right amount of realism to what would have actually happened if this story wasn't fiction. And that's what good stories do, right? They make you feel as if you really are engrossed in a real world, with real problems. And all is not roses and butterflies in Imari's return to the palace and her family. Jeric's role as king came off a bit flat, since almost as soon as he steps into it, he dashes off again as soon as another opportunity presents itself. I wasn't convinced this would have been possible, or even allowed by his counselors, had this been real. Looming war and political pressure would have kept him there, in my opinion. But I understood from a plot perspective why this was the choice the author makes. And, of course, he and Imari NEEDED to be together. The inevitability had me anxious, and when it did finally happen... well, happy sigh. In typical Kloss fashion, the characters really shined and the romance was completely satisfying. One of my favorite character developments were those of Nia (a new character to this book) and Tarryn, who plays a larger role in this book than the previous. And the comic relief of Braddok, Jeric's friend, and Jenya, Imari's bodyguard, provided an escape from the near constant, breathless action. Which leads me to the plot. Temple of Sand delivers just as Gods did, although I didn't love it *quite* as much as the first book. I docked 1/2 star for this, since it seemed a bit simplistic. But this didn't detract from my overall enjoyment. As mentioned previously, the pacing is quick and I never got bored. The action is almost perfection, the monsters terrifying per usual, and I found I couldn't put it down. Worldbuilding - ah, that elusive fantasy bedrock. Gods worldbuilding WAS perfection. This book, as opposed to the first one, takes place almost entirely within one city, which wasn't my favorite. So another 1/2 star was deducted. But sequels are notoriously hard to write, and although it wasn't my favorite, I did enjoy the layers of worldbuilding that this story added. The Sol Velorians in particular reminded me of the Jews in the New Testament - a disenfranchised people, enslaved, fighting for their freedom. I loved it. I read an ARC of this book before the final editing pass. Any repetitive phrases will be cleaned up, I'm sure. Thank you to the author for the opportunity to read and review; this is one series I will anticipate every new release.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marla

    Temple of Sand blew me away! Get your cozy spot and goodies ready, snuggle up and dig in! Be prepared to be transported to another time and place, pack a bag because you're not going to want to leave once you get there! Mrs. Kloss did an amazing job, again! She's the reason I got back into reading. I strongly recommend reading anything written by her. I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Temple of Sand blew me away! Get your cozy spot and goodies ready, snuggle up and dig in! Be prepared to be transported to another time and place, pack a bag because you're not going to want to leave once you get there! Mrs. Kloss did an amazing job, again! She's the reason I got back into reading. I strongly recommend reading anything written by her. I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Witmer

    It's very rare that I fully believe a second book is just as good as the first. This one is full of adventure, character development, and romance. It also keeps expanding on some interesting world building and story concepts from the first. Well done! I cannot wait for the third book. It's very rare that I fully believe a second book is just as good as the first. This one is full of adventure, character development, and romance. It also keeps expanding on some interesting world building and story concepts from the first. Well done! I cannot wait for the third book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Daniella Applegate

    I've been waiting to find out what happens in this beautiful and haunting world for two LONG years. Book 2 did not disappoint, it was exactly what I've been waiting for. It picks up where Gods left off so it feels like a true continuation of the story but it also feels like a complete book in its own right. Barbara writes so beautifully you are immediately immersed in her story. I love love love the location this book is set in, you feel like you're walking the streets of Morocco on an exotic va I've been waiting to find out what happens in this beautiful and haunting world for two LONG years. Book 2 did not disappoint, it was exactly what I've been waiting for. It picks up where Gods left off so it feels like a true continuation of the story but it also feels like a complete book in its own right. Barbara writes so beautifully you are immediately immersed in her story. I love love love the location this book is set in, you feel like you're walking the streets of Morocco on an exotic vacation. And most importantly, well, at least to me, the romance is A+. Jeric and Imari's relationship shines in this book and now I can't wait for book 3! Please don't make me wait two more years!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Sands of Time is a compelling story that carries forward all the energy and passion from Gods of Men, while layering on a new set of immersive and wonderfully unpredictable harmonies. Kloss has proved once again that she is both a master storyteller and undaunted explorer of the complexities of the human spirit. Kloss is definitely one of the best fantasy authors currently available!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gigi

    Actual rating 4.5 stars. I’m annoyed this series isn’t more popular! It deserves just as much internet hype as the Six of Crows and A Court of Thorns and Roses series get in the YA/New Adult community. I was nervous I wasn’t going to love this sequel like I loved Gods of Men because in the years since reading Gods, I’ve read so much YA fantasy to the point that I’m kind of burnt out on it. Happily, that fear was unfounded. This book is beautifully written. It’s one of those books that leaves you Actual rating 4.5 stars. I’m annoyed this series isn’t more popular! It deserves just as much internet hype as the Six of Crows and A Court of Thorns and Roses series get in the YA/New Adult community. I was nervous I wasn’t going to love this sequel like I loved Gods of Men because in the years since reading Gods, I’ve read so much YA fantasy to the point that I’m kind of burnt out on it. Happily, that fear was unfounded. This book is beautifully written. It’s one of those books that leaves you feeling a little discombobulated when you’re done because the book’s world just feels so real and sucks you in so completely that returning to the real world feels strange. There are so many characters that I ended up having to make a list to remember who they all are, but everyone has a distinct voice. Blessedly, otherwise intelligent characters don’t make stupid decisions for the sake of plot convenience (which is one of my pet peeves). Imari and Jeric have a fantastic dynamic and the romance never overwhelms the other plot points in the story. I have minor quibbles with the book that caused me to knock off half a star. There are two or three times some Christian terminology was used, which didn’t really make sense for a Middle Eastern inspired setting. I didn’t jot them all down but one example was when Imari mentioned something looking like the nave of a cathedral. Jeric’s personality also swings somewhat wildly in places. Sometimes he’s a charming playboy but most of the time he’s super competent and does have a kingly air. I wish Nia’s storyline was a bit more developed because I found her to be an intriguing character and an excellent addition to this world. It feels weird to say there wasn’t enough death but given how realistically developed the plot and the character decisions were for most of the book, many more characters should be dead given who they were captured by (trying to be vague here to avoid spoilers). Lastly, putting the epilogue aside, I thought the scene the author ended on was an odd choice of ending (as emotionally satisfying as it was). It would have made more sense to me to end on one of the bigger action moments earlier in the story. None of this at all dents my love of this book, it just kept it from being a perfect 5 star read for me personally. I got halfway through the last battle scene in the book when I realized that there weren’t enough pages left to wrap up this story (causing me to let out an unholy screech), and lo and behold, turns out there’s a “to be continued” note on the last page. Why did I think this was a duology?! Who knows, but the fact that Goodreads doesn’t even have the third book listed yet makes me think I’m in for a long wait. Sigh, if you need me in the meantime, I’ll just be over here yelling into the void that everyone should read this series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lili

    Reading this book feels like listening to a symphony, every movement a song within a song. Every word, like a perfect note, flows into the next weaving a melody of highs and lows in a rush of love, pain, kindness, hate, pity, death, betrayal, redemtion, destruction, loss and hope. "...she had never seen war. She had never seen two nations stand against each other with ultimatum between them. She had never seen disunity collide. And she stood there, watching in horror, as men turned animal." Unexp Reading this book feels like listening to a symphony, every movement a song within a song. Every word, like a perfect note, flows into the next weaving a melody of highs and lows in a rush of love, pain, kindness, hate, pity, death, betrayal, redemtion, destruction, loss and hope. "...she had never seen war. She had never seen two nations stand against each other with ultimatum between them. She had never seen disunity collide. And she stood there, watching in horror, as men turned animal." Unexpected and soul-bending, allegro and andante, it plays the music of a story as old as the world - the battle between good and evil in an original, fresh tale, the writing flawlessly turning into strong feelings, evoking an alternate reality which makes the one I live in one to be grateful for. “Since the beginning , mankind has put his own twist on the Maker’s will, as Ventus did and does still. It’s what men do. We are masters at manipulating truth to suit our desires. But don’t condemn the Maker for the sins of man.” This is but one of many with a ring of truth. If Ms. Kloss was a composer, she would be a great one. As an author, she is a master storyteller, and I'm eagerly waiting for what's coming next.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    **I received this ARC from Barbara Kloss in exchange for a honest review** Not going to lie, I ha to go back and re-read Gods of Men before I read Temple of Sand. It had been 2 years and many books. But honestly, I’m so glad I did. TOS starts off right where GOM ends, and Imari heading home. Sadly Jeric isn’t joining her, as he is set to be King and their countries aren’t on good terms. The upside is this means we get to concentrate for a while on Imari’s family and all the drama that her powers **I received this ARC from Barbara Kloss in exchange for a honest review** Not going to lie, I ha to go back and re-read Gods of Men before I read Temple of Sand. It had been 2 years and many books. But honestly, I’m so glad I did. TOS starts off right where GOM ends, and Imari heading home. Sadly Jeric isn’t joining her, as he is set to be King and their countries aren’t on good terms. The upside is this means we get to concentrate for a while on Imari’s family and all the drama that her powers have brought. We begin to learn more about the Big Bad, and see how other characters’ actions lead to the climax of TOS. Definitely another amazing book by Barbara Kloss. And thankfully there is going to be another book in the series (spoiler?)!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    bookworm

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book picked up right where the last left off. I really enjoyed this series. The plot was not very predictable till the very end. This is one of those books that keeps you up till 4am because you have to know the ending. One critique i would have is that we have a lot of reoccurring antagonists. There were many “little” battles but none gave any step forward of advantages against the villains. And Imari shows literally no growth and or progression in her powers which gets a little redundant. This book picked up right where the last left off. I really enjoyed this series. The plot was not very predictable till the very end. This is one of those books that keeps you up till 4am because you have to know the ending. One critique i would have is that we have a lot of reoccurring antagonists. There were many “little” battles but none gave any step forward of advantages against the villains. And Imari shows literally no growth and or progression in her powers which gets a little redundant. Overall I was surprisingly pleased with how engaging this book was!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chi Anucha

    I usually don't write reviews but this...this book, no this series, right here was just too good not to write one! I've been going through a reading slump, we've all been there, and this sort of fell into my lap. The first book had me hooked from the beginning and I'm so glad I only discovered this series now so I could read the second one straight away. Goodness me that worldbuilding and the characters! I'm in love, cannot wait for the next one, please tell me she's writing it now!?!? I usually don't write reviews but this...this book, no this series, right here was just too good not to write one! I've been going through a reading slump, we've all been there, and this sort of fell into my lap. The first book had me hooked from the beginning and I'm so glad I only discovered this series now so I could read the second one straight away. Goodness me that worldbuilding and the characters! I'm in love, cannot wait for the next one, please tell me she's writing it now!?!?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Monster

    The wait is over. Took me a bit of patience for the first part of the story but it got much better when Jeric met Imari in Trier. And, even way much better till the end then I realised there is a book 3. The ending is not cliff-hanging one so phew...hope I don't need to wait too long for the next book. The wait is over. Took me a bit of patience for the first part of the story but it got much better when Jeric met Imari in Trier. And, even way much better till the end then I realised there is a book 3. The ending is not cliff-hanging one so phew...hope I don't need to wait too long for the next book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nutzu

    A solid for the series The second books does well to continue the story around Imari and Jeric. It's a good read with a lot of info regarding tge Maker and the 4 Divines or were they 4? ;). Can't wait to read the next book in the series. You did another good job, Barbara! A solid for the series The second books does well to continue the story around Imari and Jeric. It's a good read with a lot of info regarding tge Maker and the 4 Divines or were they 4? ;). Can't wait to read the next book in the series. You did another good job, Barbara!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Read this series!! Love this series so far. The romance and character building was great in this book. I think Jeric and Imari are my new fav book couple! If you love middle eastern books about magic then this is the book for you!

  17. 5 out of 5

    LJ Waguespack

    An excellent book two in a strong series. Barbara Kloss does not disappoint in this well written addition to a fascinating saga. Well done, BK, well done.

  18. 4 out of 5

    A.Female.Bibliophile's

    4.5 Stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I couldn’t put it down! Great sequel to The Gods of Men. I love the journey that Imani and Jeric are on. They aren’t perfect heroes and I love that about them. Looking forward to book 3!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angela Gutierrez

    I enjoyed reading this novel. The take on magic and their religion is new and refreshing. I love the heroine and swoon over her Wolf. I can't wait to see the new conflicts in the next book. I enjoyed reading this novel. The take on magic and their religion is new and refreshing. I love the heroine and swoon over her Wolf. I can't wait to see the new conflicts in the next book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chip

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julia Westwood

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lily

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hema

  25. 5 out of 5

    A F

  26. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Isabella

  28. 4 out of 5

    Briana

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gremlin

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lily

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