The Sand Prince – Kim Alexander

Okay, here’s the thing. I’m probably harder than I ought to be on the books I receive from Netgalley, wanting apostrophes to be where they’re supposed to be and the correct homophones to be used and commas to be where they’re supposed to be which is a rather hypocritical thing to say considering this sentence. And in this book, at times, none of that happens consistently: “insure” instead of “ensure”, and “the jokes on me”, and “laying” for “lying”, and dangling participles, and run-on sentences and comma splices like “The shade was famous, it was called Ever Blue.”

Know what?

I don’t care.

And I didn’t care. I flinched when the errors came up, and muttered a little prayer that they’d be fixed for publication … and forgot about them a few seconds later. Because this was good. It was so good. It was so bloody damned good that I wanted to buy drinks for all the characters (except, you know, the truly horrible ones) and hug them and keep reading about them indefinitely. I genuinely missed them when the book was over. I love this book; I love these characters (even the horrible ones) and their growth and depth; I love the world(s)-building and the not-quite-hereness of it and the utterly beautiful and unique story. I can’t wait for the second book.

It’s got everything. It’s funny – “‘I am certain it’s a dog,’ she said” – and moving and suspenseful. I cared – still care – what happened. My heart broke at one point, and I kept reading in a kind of a daze (but … no… I’m telling you, you’re messing up the story…) until something else happened and I yipped and all but punched the air. And a little while later came one of the sweetest love scenes I’ve ever read.

And then there was the time I had to convince a demon he was pretty.

Okay, I do wish someone would take a firm hand on the editing reins. It was pretty bad. Normally I’d feel it necessary to knock off a star. So let’s just say I knocked off a half a star and rounded up. Just to maintain my cred as a cantankerous grammar Nazi.

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

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10 Responses to The Sand Prince – Kim Alexander

  1. I was going to send flowers but thought a ‘thank you’ might be sufficient. Also,
    Rhuun sends his regards.

  2. stewartry says:

    I have the book – no need for flowers! Thank you. Love to Rhuun.

  3. Rhuun Forever says:

    If there’s anyone that needs flowers it’s Rhuun. Awesome book, nice review. Well done all around.

  4. stewartry says:

    Indeed! Flowers – and chocolate.

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  7. kimalexander1 says:

    Hello! Sorry to contact you through the comments but you are a hard person to locate! Rhuun is back, and I would love to send you the ebook, if you are interested. The sequel is called The Heron Prince and it is brand spanking new.

  8. stewartry says:

    Hi! Sorry to be elusive! I’d love it. My email is talavera1809 at hotmail dot com, thank you!!

  9. Gianni A Cox says:

    I have finally read the book from cover to cover I Love it about to go tomorrow and get the second book. I won this book on the Maggie Linton show and life got in the way of reading it all the way through but by light and wind I got it done just now.. Thank you Kim for rekindling my interest in reading books not facebook posts….

  10. stewartry says:

    Isn’t it wonderful? And The Heron Prince is even better!

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