Bound by Blood and Sand

Bound by Blood and Sand

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Jae is a slave in a dying desert world. 

Once verdant with water from a magical Well, the land is drying up, and no one remembers the magic needed to keep the water flowing. If a new source isn't found soon, the people will perish. Jae doesn't mind, in a way. By law, she is bound by a curse to obey every order given her, no matter how vile. At least in death, she'll be free. 

Elan's family rules the fading realm. He comes to the estate where Jae works, searching for the hidden magic needed to replenish the Well, but it's Jae who finds it, and she who must wield it. Desperate to save his realm, Elan begs her to use it to locate the Well. 

But why would a slave--abused, beaten, and treated as less than human--want to save the system that shackles her? Jae would rather see the world burn. 

Though revenge clouds her vision, she agrees to help if the realm's slaves are freed. Then Elan's father arrives. The ruler's cruelty knows no limits. He is determined that the class system will not change--and that Jae will remain a slave forever.


"Ferocious and intelligent." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Allen's lush debut mixes current, pressing questions with fantasy while exploring systematic injustice and historical oppression... readers will clamor for the sequel ." -- Publishers Weekly
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101932148
1101932147
Branch Call Number: Y Fic
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 22 cm

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eileenlufkin
Nov 10, 2017

Dira Sudis says on her tumbler "People who enjoy my slavefic (or slavefic-type scenarios in general) and also CRYING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO DON’T EXIST (possibly the venn diagram of those two sets is a circle?) and also thinky fantasy about inherited privilege and perpetuating oppression and/or defying it and redemption and love and DID I MENTION THE CRYING…

should definitely go read Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen."

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