Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ensaadi Review

Ensaadi

by Elisabeth Wheatley

In the endless dunes of the Sandsea, strength is the only virtue and weakness is the only sin.

Ensaadi Talitha of Ilios is the warlord’s heir who dreams of peace. Finally, she has the chance to broker a marriage between two feuding tribes, but her efforts are shattered when her besotted cousin claims the bridegroom.

The treachery forces Talitha and her warriors to flee back to Ilios. Only through an uneasy alliance with a band of mercenary Dunedrifters and their enigmatic leader can her people hope to make it home.

With the lives of her warriors and the safety of her city at stake, Talitha will be forced to make the hardest decisions of her life. As an ensaadi, no matter what Talitha may want, a heart is a luxury and a conscience is a curse.

Ensaadi is a 30,000 word novella and first in the all-new Warlords of the 
Sandsea romance adventure series.

Okay, absolutely stunning cover aside, I loved this book. The story is fast paced and keeps you pulled in all the way through. Talitha is an incredibly strong character who can hold her own in many ways. I'm not a huge fan of "romance" stories, but this one offers so much more than that. There is this wonderful sense of danger through the entire book and even at the end you know that the threat is not completely gone. The characters were pretty well developed, even the secondary characters, such as Gilsazi.

My only complaint is that the story ended. Short stories do that to me; pulling me in and then leaving me craving so much more. This one was no exception in the least. I will eagerly be awaiting the next installment of the Warlords of the Sandsea series. 

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