It frightens me, knowing the One has called up two such strong individuals It means that there are troubled times in our future, and you must prepare yourselves The Temple at Illian is the crown jewel of life in the Northern Territory There, pledges are paired with feli, the giant sacred cats of the One god, and are instructed to serve the One s four capricious deities It frightens me, knowing the One has called up two such strong individuals It means that there are troubled times in our future, and you must prepare yourselves The Temple at Illian is the crown jewel of life in the Northern Territory There, pledges are paired with feli, the giant sacred cats of the One god, and are instructed to serve the One s four capricious deities Yet Sulis, a young woman from the Southern Desert, has a different perspective one that just might be considered heresy, but that is catching on rather quicklySulis s twin, Kadar, meanwhile, is part of a different sort of revolution When Kadar falls in love with a woman from a Forsaken caste, he finds he s willing to risk anything to get these people to freedom But with Sulis drawing a dangerous level of attention from the deities, and war about to break out on two fronts, change may not come as easily as either twin had hoped.An astonishing debut, Kelley Grant s Desert Rising brings to life a powerful new epic fantasy tale of determination and self discovery.
Desert Rising It frightens me knowing the One has called up two such strong individuals It means that there are troubled times in our future and you must prepare yourselves The Temple at Illian is the crown jewel
I may be a little biased, but I loved this book! ;)
This is a really nice read.I liked both Sulis and Kadar. The story switches between the both of them and at times to other characters to give more insight in what's going on.I must say I wanted to know more about what happened to their mother. There are references and I can guess a lot, but it seemed liked what happened to her was glossed over too easily, especially as it is implied that Sulis is following in her footsteps.That aside I was intrigued by the world that is painted in this story.I l [...]
2.5 StarsARC Provided by the publisher. Review available on my blogI've said in the past that one of the better aspects of the Harper Voyager Impulse line is its lower price point: it encourages you to take chances on books that you might not otherwise look at, or, in the case of a book such as this, a book that has flaws, but enough originality to balance it out.There is some fun to be had with this book: I like the idea of the four deities speaking through humans, and that the humans can chann [...]
Desert Rising was an entertaining read. Sulis and Kadar are great characters with an amazing relationship between them. The way they tease each other really makes them feel like siblings who have grown together. The lore about the gods in this world is very fleshed out with rich details of how the deities came to be, how the temple works and how acolytes are chosen. I wish I’d gotten more from Djinn!! I love the idea of feli and bonding. Quite a fun read!
Mostly I liked the telepathic cats
Desert Rising has a fairly unique setting and good world building. The deity based magics as well as the giant cat familiar bonding has good portents for fans of this type of fantasy. The lead protagonists, Sulis, and her twin, Kadar, are strong characters that readers genuinely can get to like, so you're invested in their well-being. The dangers in the world around seem real but the true and frankly, scandalous danger comes from the gods themselves. It might be better to call this the lands of [...]
I’m an absolute sucker for fantasies set in desert cultures, even more so for stories that explore religion and deity-focused magic, and Desert Rising did not disappoint. Grant creates such a vibrant culture and a diverse cast of characters. The story is told from the perspective of twins Sulis, bound to a life serving the One from the Temple at Illian, and Kadar, a dashing young merchant who would rather travel the world that sit trapped in the city. Between these two main characters, we get [...]
Desert Rising isn't a perfect YA-fantasy novel, but it is, regardless, an excellent and compelling one. It's so wonderful to see a young WOC as a protagonist, thrust into a typically "white" culture who remains proud of her heritage, and steadfastly embraces it, rather than joining the white world. Neither the deities nor the feli (the giant telepathic cats) are a 100% original concept, but they are such simple bases, with such variation enacted upon them, that they stand quite solidly. More imp [...]
Kelley Grant shows us a medieval world in which Gods are quite real and provide the magical powers. The One, worshiped by the desert people created four other deities. Potential priests are selected by Felis, giant cats who bond with the priests and allow bonding to the one and to the other deities. The problem is that the deities not only don’t agree, but are frequently in conflict. The deity of war has been pushing to expand his armies to attack the people of the desert and has turn more peo [...]
I reviewed this title for Ohioana Quarterly ohioanaKelley Grant hales from the rolling green hills of Ohio Amish country, a far cry from the desert world she’s created. In the Desert kingdoms in a world ruled by sacred cats (feli) of the One god; telepathic cats who bond with their priestesses. Revolution is brewing. Twins Sulis and Kadar are at the heart of this revolution and it is never a good idea to gain a god’s attention, let alone the One god and the four deities on this sandy planet. [...]
This may be the very definition of don't judge a book by it's cover, because if that was all I had to go on I never would have considered reading this book, and I would have missed out on a great story. Luckily it was recommended on a website I trust as a good read for people looking for interesting female protagonists in a fantasy novel. I completely agree with that statement because Desert Rising has some great characters. I loved Sulis and really liked both Farrah and Allanah. In fact, one of [...]
The worldbuilding has some interesting elements in the religion (especially the whole 'bonding with big cats' bit), although the social parallels to the real world (around race, gender, class, and privilege) are a bit too on the nose. The real problems with the book are in the structure: the pacing is notably uneven (particularly when what should be climatic events pass in a blink), and way too much of the world is revealed through exposition rather than being slowly peeled back as details in th [...]
I wanted to love this novel, with its desert setting and undertones of dissenting faiths facing off against one another. I read and read, mildly enjoying the characters and finally got excited near the second act when I dreaded the thought that the only character I actually felt connected to might die.Then, that was it. The third act did nothing, went no where, brought about no resolutions. It was a slow, plodding novel with lots of potential that felt at times cliche, out of place and confused. [...]
Desert Rising is a solid start to what promises to be a rousing epic fantasy series. With bickering gods, giant sentient feline companions, and cultures on the brink of war, the worldbuilding is as deep as they come. The main characters are fully fleshed out and interesting in their own unique ways, and the writing is top notch. Like many books that are the beginning of a planned series, I felt the plot spent a little too much time setting up the conflict to come, yet there was still enough tens [...]
A rich, exotic, culture forms the backdrop for this expertly concocted mixture of murder, romance, and intrigue. When Sulis, the daughter of a merchant, accepts her calling to dedicate her life to the Temple, she leaves behind her twin and confidante, Kadar. They are not so much separated by distance but by the cultural restrictions that surround Temple pledges. But before long, Sulis finds herself deeply involved in the machinations of Temple politics unsure who she can trust except for the fel [...]
Found this an enjoyable read with interesting characters. I found the parts with Sulis at the temple and the deities drew me in more than the parts with her brother Kandar and the uprising of the Forsaken. But all kept me entertained enough to finish in a few days. It was a little narrow in viewpoint for an epic fantasy, but can see that changing with the second book!
Enjoyable fantasy in the vein of Mercedes Lackey and Juliet Marriller. What I particularly liked is that the heroine is dark skinned. I've thought about how fantasy lead characters are so predominantly white when it's especially simple to make them otherwise. Plus the feli. I'm a sucker for any fantasy involving big cats. Recommended to anyone who enjoys fantasy.
Yeah, this is totally a series, which I did not realize when I read it. However, really good and I liked the characters and look forward to reading more about the culture and getting more world building.
Excellent book that kept me entertained! I'm not typically a science fiction or fantasy reader but this book was easy to get into and easy to follow. You cared about the characters and wanted to see what would happen next. Looking forward to the next books!
Enjoyed this trilogy although the story could have been told in 2 volumes instead of 3. Liked book #1 the most for the initial world building and introduction of new characters. Book #3 felt convenient and you could see the ending from half the book away which took away a lot of the suspense
approachable sci-fi great for fans of ya and dystopian stories.
This is an excellent beginning to a fantasy series. The characters, Sulis and Kadar, are wonderful. The plot moves fast. A fast, entertaining read.
Absolutely AMAZING book!!!
8/10 - it would be 9 but I prefer series books that complete each story before moving on to the next. This one felt about 90% complete.