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The Eyes Of Tamburah Paperback – 17 June 2019
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When Maria V. Snyder was younger, she aspired to be a storm chaser in the American Midwest so she attended Pennsylvania State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Much to her chagrin, forecasting the weather wasn't in her skill set so she spent a number of years as an environmental meteorologist, which is not exciting...at all. Bored at work and needing a creative outlet, she started writing fantasy and science fiction stories. Over twenty novels and numerous short stories later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She's been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a dozen awards, and has earned her Masters of Arts degree in Writing from Seton Hill University, where she is now a faculty member.
Her favorite color is red. She loves dogs, but is allergic, instead she has a big black tom cat named...Kitty (apparently naming cats isn't in her skill set either). Maria also has a husband and two children who are an inspiration for her writing when they aren't being a distraction. Note that she mentions her cat before her family. When she's not writing she's either playing volleyball, traveling, or taking pictures. Being a writer, though, is a ton of fun. Where else can you take fencing lessons, learn how to ride a horse, study martial arts, learn how to pick a lock, take glass blowing classes and attend Astronomy Camp and call it research? Maria will be the first one to tell you it's not working as a meteorologist.
Readers are welcome to check out her website for book excerpts, free short stories, maps, blog, and her schedule at MariaVSnyder.com.
- Publisher : HQ Young Adult AU (17 June 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1489252800
- ISBN-13 : 978-1489252807
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Dimensions : 13 x 3.5 x 20 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 55,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shlya is young and has lived on her own for a couple of years, which has been very difficult. She’s just trying to survive and get work, which is hard as an outcast. Everything changes and her world is flipped upside down though when she’s been accused of stealing.
She learns more about the city and herself and it is quite the adventure! I really liked Shyla, but man does she have some bad luck! You feel for the girl! I definitely loved her growth and the experiences she goes through are eye opening for her.
I loved all the characters! Although some of them are bit tricky and it took some time for me to decide if I did like them or not!
There is lots of world building and tricky terminology that makes it a little slow at start, but the more you read the more everything makes sense, well almost. The telling of the time I still didn’t quite get haha.
This was definitely a great adventure with twists and turns and towards the end you get more of the magic, which I’m very excited to continue in the next book!
The story focuses on Shyla, a girl raised by monks, who had moved to the city and was treated like an outcast because of the colour of her hair and her skin. She kept to herself and took on small jobs to earn her money. When her one friend loses something that she helped him locate, she finds herself working for the Prince and threatened by the Heliacal Priestess. She faced a lot of challenges, she was betrayed, and was always in danger. But no matter what happened, she found the strength to get back up and push herself to succeed.
Shyla was always watching her back, but had such a kind soul. She met a lot of new people, but it was hard to trust them, as they could betray her at anytime. I’d like to see more of them to figure out what their role is in this story and whether they can be someone that Shyla can trust. It also looks like she has a potential love interest, and I'm excited to see how this relationship goes.
The Eyes of Tamburah was a fascinating read! I loved the detail of the world, trying to imagine it expanding under ground. My heart ached for Shyla a number of times, as people judged her because she was that little bit different. She was a determined girl with a big heart and was willing to do anything to save a friend. She sacrificed so much, but also learned a lot about herself. This book was just the beginning of Shyla's journey, and I'm looking forward to coming back!
Shyla is a sun-kissed, the name given to babies born with pale-yellow hair. These babies, believed cursed, are left in the desert to die. Shyla is saved and raised by monks until she turns 18 and chooses to reside in the city. She is shunned by the other citizens of Zirdai and spends most of her time in her room. She manages to find work reading maps and transcribing ancient tablets in order to locate lost artefacts.
Snyder starts with explanations of the world the story is set in. Zirdai is an extensive underground city built on many levels which is necessary to escape the searing heat of the desert.
When the eyes of Tamburah, believed to bestow magic and their owner, are uncovered and subsequently stolen Shyla’s only friend Banqui is imprisoned and unless Shyla finds the eyes he will be put to death.
The story includes plenty of action and danger. Shyla is a strong-willed woman who can hold her own in a confrontation. She soon finds that she can trust no one as she is double crossed many times and her eyes are open to many things happening in the city she was unaware of. With this awareness comes an awakening of a new purpose to her life.
The majority of the story is high on action and very low on fantasy elements which may not appeal to hard core fantasy readers. The story gets a little dark towards the end with talk of torture and sacrifice although there is a small romance introduced and the occasional light-hearted banter keeps the story from becoming too intense. We get a few glimpses of the magic I’m hoping to see more of in the next book.
The Eyes of Tamburah was an easy read and I was totally caught up in the whole world of Zirdai. There are plenty of evil people to despise and Shyla’s character development was well executed.
Recommended for ages 12+
* I received my copy courtesy of the publisher
Top reviews from other countries
most of the books by this author, her female lead characters are often either initially powerless or patronized by the ‘superior’ characters (or both.) The main character does have the typical ‘Snyder’ problem of ending up unconscious and in need to medical attention every 5 minutes, which is, to my mind, a really lazy device that is really overused. However, she makes positive, strong decisions for herself and is empower. There is an overwhelming lack of other decent female characters, and a large number of the male characters are very flat, which is a shame, as it would have made for a richer read, but this may come good later on in the series.
A mad romp around tunnels, tombs and trenches, in Maria V's inimitable style.
Maria snyder is one of my favourite authors, the fantasy worlds she creates are so real, they really draw you in and spark your own imagination.