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Sand Daughter
     

Sand Daughter

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by Sarah Bryant
 

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?An epic filled with emotion and rich with atmosphere? ( Historical Novel Society) from the author of The Other Eden.

Khalidah faces an arranged marriage at the behest of her father, a Bedouin Clan chief. But when a mysterious stranger named Sulayman reveals the machinations behind her pending union, she suddenly finds herself a pawn in a

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Sand Daughter 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1187 the crusading Franks are in control of the Holy Land while the Muslim armies led by Salah ad-Din prepare a counter offensive against the occupying European forces. In that environs, two normally hostile towards each other Bedouin clans of the Hassan have settled on a peaceful coexistence as they share a common infidel enemy. To anchor their shaky friendship, Khalidah and Numair will marry. She does not want to wed her cousin, but knows she must for her people's safety; however Khalidah is unaware her saying I do is a death notice for herself and her clan as betrayal is what awaits her and them. The minstrel Sulayman persuades Numair to flee with him to save her clan. He promises to escort her to her maternal kin in Qaf; she prays to Allah that the Qaf Afghan warriors Jinn come to her aid. At the same time, her friend Bilal initially joins with Numair before switching to the Templar Knights as a spy lover of Salim, the sixth son of the Sultan; he also learns his dead father actually lives and is coming commanding a legendary unit as war will soon unite him with Khalidah. This is deep Crusades era historical thriller that brings to life the Holy Land at a time in the late twelfth century when the Christian Franks are in control. The story line provides various perspectives of those caught up in the numerous battling factions, but especially the SAND DAUGHTER and her BFF. Fans of vivid tales of the Crusade will want to read this fresh saga. Harriet Klausner
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Megalith More than 1 year ago
The time of the Crusades seems to be a trend in historical fiction, of late, as this is the third novel of that period publishers have sent me to review. In Sand Daughter, Khalidah, a Bedouin woman, finds herself wishing to escape an arranged marriage with her cousin. She runs away with a traveling singer named Sulayman. Together, they seek out the Jinn, Khalidah's mother's people. Along the way, the inevitable romance blossoms. The second plotline follows Khalidah's friend Bilal, who finds himself a double-agent between two factions. His same-sex romance with the son of a sultan is also explored. There are many positives to this novel. Sarah Bryant has crafted one of the richest settings I have read in a historical fiction novel. Intrigue abounds, and the novel is filled with tension, as characters are always pressed to make difficult choices, thus exploring their own sets of values in the process. On the downside, the romance element was much too heavy for my liking, though I imagine that is due more to my own reading tastes than the content itself. I also did not enjoy Bilal's storyline as much as I did Khalidah's. It's a definite must-read for those who love historical romance.