The Williamsburg Regional Library has a very cool blog in which they feature one book recommendation per day. Yesterday’s book was Secrets of the Sands by Leona Wisoker. Reviewer Neil Hollands calls the book
“a strong first fantasy, an epic with a desert setting as fully realized as that in Frank Herbert’s classic science fantasy Dune.”
He performs the public service for non-genre readers of explaining that fantasy books require a certain amount of patience of a reader while the author sets up the world in which her characters will play. But he also explains why it’s worth the effort:
“[I]t’s when they reach the exotic desert lands that the story really takes off. Wisoker has crafted the landscape, society, and culture of the desert country in detail that leaps off the page. Out of their element, Alyea and Idisio must navigate this culture with care. Mysterious advisers may be friends or foes, and little is as it seems. The two young protagonists are in over their heads–far deeper than they first realized.”
For readers looking for well-thought-out recommendations, this blog is a gem. And we couldn’t agree with their assessment of this book more.