Review: Ensaadi (Warlords of the Sandsea #1) by Elisabeth Wheatley

on Mar 5, 2018
Ensaadi Talitha of llios is the warlord's heir who dreams of peace. Finally, she has a 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 so flee back to llios. 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 decision of her life. As an ensaadi, no matter what Talitha may want, a heart is a luxury and a conscience is a curse. 

5 out of 5 Stars 


This novel slayed me. 
Oh my frickin goodness. 

I was completely surprised by this novel in the best possible way! I'm a big fan of Wheatley's other series, The Argetallam Saga and I've started reading Fanged as well. So I was very excited to hear about her new series. 

The main character, Talitha, is a badass. She is a strong leader and an even stronger warrior. She kicks butt all throughout this book. Similiar to Janir, Wheatley's main character in The Argetallam Saga, Talitha struggles with moral dilemmas and contemplates the implications of her choices. I love a warrior who fights when necessary but also strives for peace. 

In a more personal note, I'm not sure if I've mentioned it here but I'm a huge romance nerd. So while I enjoy Janir and Saovens chaste, age appropriate teen romance, I was really eager to see the authors skills at work on a heavily romantic series. 

I'm already crushing hard on Ashek. Like holy frick! Definitely swoon-worthy. *wink* This dunedrifter is one hot male lead. I'm so intrigued by this unusual rebel. He's clearly already a big fan of Talitha. Smart boy. The chemistry between Talitha and Ashek is off the charts. I am desperate for more of these two. 

Wheatley's world building is superb as always. She creates a multilayered world complete with: mythology, landscape, religion, and language. I love her attention to detail. The writing is very vivid, this desert and its inhabitants jump off the page. The author dsiplays her gift for fantasy in any form; vampires, teens with magical powers, or in this case badass warrior girls. 

I am officially hooked and I'm starting book #2 immediately! 

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