Zendar: A Tale of Sand
by K. T. Munson
GENRE: Fantasy Romance
Zendar is a world of sand and strife.
Living in the great capital of Zendar, Sol, Nitya has always longed for something more than her family’s merchant lifestyle. She craves adventure—or at least hopes something remotely exciting could happen. When her best friend, Juni, secures them both positions in the palace’s kitchen, Nitya gets to experience a different world than she ever imagined—especially after a young soldier catches her eye.
Her world will never be the same.
He walked around the bench and bent to retrieve her drawings. “I thought you heard me approaching. It seems you were too focused on your art.” He began to look at them.
“Wait!” she said, but it was too late.
His eyebrows arched at the drawing at the bottom of the pile, one she’d done of him. Should she simply run away? Perhaps if she placed some distance between them she could pretend this wasn’t happening.
“Is this me?” he asked, holding it out.
She nodded before snatching the papers. Mortified, she held them to her chest. Instead of leaving or mocking her, he took a step closer, putting them at an intimate distance. He cocked his head to the side, and she felt her lips part slightly. He focused on her smile, and for a moment she thought he was going kiss her.
“How do you choose what to draw?” His words entranced her like a charmer.
“Pretty things,” she replied mindlessly.
He gave her a lopsided grin before reaching up to snatch the offending drawing from her hold. “I think I’ll keep this.” His eyes sparkled with mischief. “I thank you.”
I have to admit that I don’t read any kind of fantasy romance. It’s just never been on my radar, so I took a chance on this little gem of a book. Warning, it is short but it packed full of all kinds of goodies. We get a taste of Zendar and the major characters that will come up in other books. The setting reminded me of Egypt. I don’t know why but it did. Sand…duh! Anyway, I really liked this prequel to the whole series. Ms. Munson takes her time with setting up the tone, the feeling, and the characters in the series. If I had one gripe is that Ramas and Nitya aren’t in the next books but that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t return to this series.
I really enjoyed Ms. Munson’s voice and her writing style. Since I don’t read this genre, she made it very easy for me to get lost in the book and then wish it didn’t end. I will definitely read the next books in the series. Nitya and Ramas are great characters that I hope to visit again. Plus, Juni is on an airship. Airship people. Oh the places that this series is going to take us. Oooo, I forgot about the plot point with the Leige and how it all ties with Nitya and Ramas getting together. Great storytelling in my book. Never saw it coming but I absolutely loved it.
Do yourself a favor and give this book a chance. Even if you don’t like fantasy romance, you will LOVE this one. Fast-paced, sweet, just the right amount of sauciness and characters that you miss after you finish.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
K.T. Munson is an independent author. First published at 5 years old in the young writers conference, she has pursued writing ever since. She maintains a blog creatingworldswithwords.wordpress.com that is about writing and her novels. She was born and raised in the last frontier, the great state of Alaska.
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