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Book Title: Sand Daughter|
The author of the book: Sarah Bryant
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 613 KB
Date of issue: September 30th 2006
ISBN 13: 9781905005222
Read full description of the books Sand Daughter:I undertook this because it’s set on the Muslim side of the Crusades. Mostly in Crusades fiction we get only a cursory glimpse of the societies I’m more interested in and that’s frustrating. Here it’s the Franj who are only seen from the inside now and then. So, I loved the setting straight away, as we are plunged into Bedu tents, where the adventure starts. I’d call this an adventure, more than a war story. With Bilal we spend our time in Salah ad-Din’s camp, but with Khalidah we travel through Persia to the Hindu Kush, in search of the legendary Qaf.
I guess it isn’t straight hf, since she makes up the land of Qaf – as she tells us in her note, from Pashtun, Kalash, Mongolian and Tibetan cultures. Then again I might argue that Hidden Lands proliferated in the time and place – from Prester John to Shambala. The Crusaders expected Prester John from these parts... here it’s the Jinn who turn out to be not demon desert creatures but a human force who come in aid of Salah ad-Din.
The adventure is increasingly thoughtful, with heroism and idealism sadly misguided, and victory proved sickening. For an end to crusades, she puts on the title page, and she doesn’t write to excite.
It’s nicely written, with lovely description. I felt it fell into stockness now and then. Khalidah’s love story is quite low-key, but when it is at the fore, she seems to drop five years in age. Perhaps you do. Bilal’s was more overt, and boy-meets-boy – the Sultan’s son (a sixth son and unimportant). This one was a bit soppy for me. However, boy-boy wasn’t uncommon and you don’t find it often in the fiction – like Crusades from the Muslim side.
Khalidah is an independent sort who fights. So do the girls of Qaf. I see people shake their heads at girls who fight as our 20th or 21st century intrusions, and so, I’m going to put this in the witness box: The Adventures of Sayf Ben Dhi Yazan: An Arab Folk Epic. It says at least there’s nothing modern about the love of such stories.
It’s terrific to have this novel, amidst your usual Crusades fare. For me there were rougher patches, for which I gave four stars.
Read information about the authorSarah Bryant (born 1973 in Brunswick, Maine, USA, is a contemporary British based writer.
She attended Brown University in Rhode Island before moving to Scotland in 1996 to study creative writing at the University of St. Andrews. She settled in the UK after meeting her husband and now lives in the Scottish Borders region where along with writing she doubles as a teacher of Celtic harp, and occasionally triples as a printmaker.
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