The Book of Sand
by Theo Clare (Mo Hayder)
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Pub Date 19 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 24 Oct 2022
The first in an epic series created by one of our finest and most inventive storytellers, also known as the international bestseller Mo Hayder
Sand. A hostile world of burning sun.
Outlines of several once-busy cities shimmer on the horizon. Now empty of inhabitants, their buildings lie in ruins.
In the distance a group of people—a family—walks toward us.
Ahead lies shelter: a “shuck” the family call home and which they know they must reach before the light fails, as to be out after dark is to invite danger and almost certain death.
To survive in this alien world of shifting sand, they must find an object hidden in or near water. But other families want it too. And they are willing to fight to the death to make it theirs.
It is beginning to rain in Fairfax County, Virginia, when McKenzie Strathie wakes up. An ordinary teenage girl living an ordinary life—except that the previous night she found a sand-lizard in her bed, and now she’s beginning to question everything around her, especially who she really is...
Two very different worlds featuring a group of extraordinary characters driven to the very limit of their endurance in a place where only the strongest will survive.
A Note From the Publisher
“An utterly original novel from an extraordinary creative mind, The Book of Sand is an absolute standout that's impossible to put down.”
—Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author
“Unique and fearless.”
—Mark Billingham, bestselling author of the Tom Thorne series
“Audacious, extraordinary, and absolutely awesome.”
—Alex North, New York Times bestselling author of The Whisper Man
“Fearless and compelling, lyrical and devastating by turns, the story never slackens pace. A stunning introduction to a wholly original world.”
—Jane Corry, bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife
“A future classic that exists between darkness light. I was completely entranced by it.”
—Christopher Fowler, award-winning author of the Bryant & May mysteries
“A huge and brilliant and engaging read. It feels like a place I have been to rather than words on a page.”
—Alice Jolly, award-winning author of Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile
“I inhaled it! It's beautifully written and utterly compelling.”
—Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange and The Lies You Told
First book in an epic series by internationally beloved and bestselling author, Theo Clare (aka Mo Hayder)
Second book The Book of Clouds coming in 2023!
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I was completely unaware of Mo Hayder and her mystery novels until came across this soon to be posthumously published novel. While the premise of The Book of Sand seems to be the standard fare for sci-fi and fantasy (what attracted me to the book in the first place), the book is far more than what it seems at first glance. It weaves the stories of a desert quest occurring in harsh and brutal conditions, along with the search by a teen in Virginia who believes there’s more to her identity than she’s been told, into a complex tale that is more than your standard fantasy fare. For me, this was a page turner that was totally original in concept. Well written with strong lead characters. I can only hope that the reported future second volume will answer the questions raised by this impressive book.
My thanks to Blackstone Publishing and Netgalley for an ARC of The Book of Sand in exchange for an honest opinion.
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