Secrets Bound By Sand

Secrets Bound By Sand

When the past forms the future, how does a woman with few memories survive? No longer nameless or alone, Tate has put down roots in the city of Aurelia. She’s found a home, friends and a misfit family. When an assassination attempt leads to a dangerous loss of control over her dragon, Tate is sent to the farthest reaches of the empire on a mission she can’t refuse. It isn’t long...

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Title:Secrets Bound By Sand
Author:T.A. White
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Secrets Bound By Sand Reviews

  • Rhonda Hasty

    Received this as my first arc copy and I loved it. T.A. White is one of my favorite authors I look forward to everything she puts out. If you have not read her work you are missing out and I highly recommend you get started because her worlds are some of the best to get lost in.

  • Jessica Donegan

    I raced through this book. I was sooooo good. My poor husband had trouble pulling me away to cook dinner.  

    I love these characters. I love their relationships with each other. There’s one point in the book that’s a huge long conversation between several characters and I got to the end of their conversation and thought “how refreshing they talked out their problems and solved them together as a team.” I love that most of these books are about problem solving and communication. There are adv

    I raced through this book. I was sooooo good. My poor husband had trouble pulling me away to cook dinner.  

    I love these characters. I love their relationships with each other. There’s one point in the book that’s a huge long conversation between several characters and I got to the end of their conversation and thought “how refreshing they talked out their problems and solved them together as a team.” I love that most of these books are about problem solving and communication. There are adventure scenes and fighting, but the core cast looks for crafty solutions, not flashy ones.  

    I will say, this book isn’t as satisfying as the third book in “Dragon Ridden”. There are a few misdirects into angst, I did not love. I actually think T. A. White didn’t like the angst either because she sets it up and then doesn’t go anywhere with it (which was a relief).

    Beyond that, the Tate and Jax story was compelling in the first book and the second book, but by the third, I’d moved past it. To go back to this story in book four feels a bit like back tracking. And I care about the kids made dragon ridden against their will in book 3, I wanted more about them, How are they, what’s their development look like, what kind of roll does Tate continue to play in their lives?--Does Tate play a roll in their lives?

    It was nice Jacob was included, he was a connection to the book 3 plot, but I’d have rather explored his recovery as he interacted with the kids. Is he protective of those new dragons? Has he taken over their care? Does the existence of these dragon ridden kids strengthen or weaken the empire? 

    Maybe it’s just my perception, but Tate is at her best when she defends minority groups.  Out on her own, discovering her past when the over all stakes seem relatively low, isn‘t as compelling to me.  

    I still loved this book, and it comes highly recommended, I just like the third book better.

  • Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru

    This thing made my original review disappear. Suffice to say I'm still loving the series, loving Tate and Ryu with his fierce loyalty, loving Tate's family of choice and loving all of the secrets being revealed. I really wonder how much longer Tate's secrets will stay secret with crazy Christopher and Nathan running around. Not to mention that someone else is always around when some but of Tate's past is revealed. How will the empire's population react to who Tate really is?

    This thing made my original review disappear. Suffice to say I'm still loving the series, loving Tate and Ryu with his fierce loyalty, loving Tate's family of choice and loving all of the secrets being revealed. I really wonder how much longer Tate's secrets will stay secret with crazy Christopher and Nathan running around. Not to mention that someone else is always around when some but of Tate's past is revealed. How will the empire's population react to who Tate really is?

    I just can't wait for more.

  • Megan Upton

    This book: the pacing was great. I felt like we FINALLY got answers to so many questions that have been bugging me the whole series. I really enjoyed the slow burn to the romance and how there was believable, but little angst associated with it. I’m still a little put off with Tate’s stubbornness/ how the situation dealing with her memory loss is written. As a reader it got frustrating to the point I was seriously annoyed when for the 1000th time Tate choose to ignore/ n

    This book: the pacing was great. I felt like we FINALLY got answers to so many questions that have been bugging me the whole series. I really enjoyed the slow burn to the romance and how there was believable, but little angst associated with it. I’m still a little put off with Tate’s stubbornness/ how the situation dealing with her memory loss is written. As a reader it got frustrating to the point I was seriously annoyed when for the 1000th time Tate choose to ignore/ not look at something from her past. I get the character motivations behind it, but as a reader it was becoming too much. This book was a lot stronger than the previous ones but I’m hoping that the scale of the series gets more epic in the closing books. There were a few editing errors (3-5), but nothing major. I’m excited to read the next book. It’s been awhile since I have stayed up and binge read a series. I’m also hoping Tate will quit hiding who she is. I am glad the author doesn’t make the other side characters clueless when people are throwing out hints about her identity everywhere.

    Series as a whole: I really like the side characters (Night and Daniel are really well written sympathetic characters). It was more sci fi than I thought it was going to be when I downloaded the first book. Ryu is admittedly a little bland as a character but He is growing on me. The author was a little too slow for my tastes on revealing Tate’s identity and memories. I feel that book two did not have enough resolution towards her identity and that and the final two’s plots are a little too similar as a small critique. Sometimes tech explanations are too vague/ hard to picture. I get that these artifacts are mysterious but I’m drawling a mental blank in the first few books when the author depicts them. This got better as the series progresses. I’m really excited about the next books to come out. They’re really worth a read through- and Tate as a character is really well written. She is the strong female character many try to write and fail miserably. I seriously love her.

  • Paula

    I am loving this series and sad that I have to wait for the next one. Now to check out the other series by this author

  • Linda

    3.5 stars

  • Henriette

    Unlike the first books, I wouldn't advise reading this one out of order. You must at least have read the third one.

    After a botched attempt on Tade’s life, Ilith ascends, steals the emperor’s crown and takes a nap in the treasury. This scene is absolutely hilarious. As punishment Tade is sent as a mediator to the Silvan country, who demand reparations for the children killed in the order’s experiments (book 3). As usual, this is a political powder keg with the non-human Silvans and dr

    Unlike the first books, I wouldn't advise reading this one out of order. You must at least have read the third one.

    After a botched attempt on Tade’s life, Ilith ascends, steals the emperor’s crown and takes a nap in the treasury. This scene is absolutely hilarious. As punishment Tade is sent as a mediator to the Silvan country, who demand reparations for the children killed in the order’s experiments (book 3). As usual, this is a political powder keg with the non-human Silvans and dragon-ridden as well as the bigoted Order and Guardians involved.

    At first, the book seems to rehash the plot of the second one. However, it rather delves into Tade’s past and how this is connected to the future. Who were the Creators and the Saviors? These questions are finally answered. You also get a clearer picture of whether this series is pure fantasy or sci-fantasy.

    Furthermore, Tate’s and Ryu’s relationship evolves, and Ryu’s dragon-ridden status also changes a bit, in a good way. I also found Night’s backstory very enjoyable. Briefly put, I thought this book was awesome and can't wait for the next one.

    There is nonetheless one fly in the ointment. In my reviews of the previous books, I spoke of the poor editing. For example, Tate frequently changes her height and once even eye color (in book 3 they were grey). There are also inconsistencies in regards to the height and color scheme of the dragons. In this book, this was particularly noticeable and also involved past events such as Tate’s relationship with Jost and his crew. Their issues had already been resolved in the second book so that in the third she went partying with Danny, Riley, and Trent. But then Jost accuses her of avoiding him. While these inconsistencies are mostly a nuisance, you can't help but feel that the author doesn't really have a plan.

  • Mara

    3 1/2

    Compelling but also highly frustrating at times.

    Couldn't put it down, and at the same time I was grinding my teeth.

    I think you get the gist :)

  • Al *the semi serial series skipper*

    For the past week I have read only books by T.A. White, I've read them so much my sister had to ask me to stop reading it because she has an exam and they are so good she wants to read it as well.

    I thought I had finally found my go to author but alas that is not to be.

    This series is going so-so for me. Notonly is it repetitive it is also becoming more mediocre with each book.

    The premise is fantastic but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The things I love

    For the past week I have read only books by T.A. White, I've read them so much my sister had to ask me to stop reading it because she has an exam and they are so good she wants to read it as well.

    I thought I had finally found my go to author but alas that is not to be.

    This series is going so-so for me. Notonly is it repetitive it is also becoming more mediocre with each book.

    The premise is fantastic but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The things I loved in the previous series were absent in this series. Tate was a badass, no question but her story is not progressing at all. It has been at a standstill for the past 3 books, I still say that even though a couple of things happened in this book I feel like it's not enough to appease me.

    I don't understand how someone who's lost her memory is given several opportunities to learn about herself but refuses ,I can understand the fear and that's why I had no problem with the first book, but book 4 and you're still hesitant to find more about yourself? It makes no sense to me.

    The next issue I had was with Ryu, talk about a lackluster character. He was so bland. There is nothing, none whatsoever that is interesting about him. For the first three books I thought someone else was going to swoop in and be the romantic interest, that's how dull he was and the zero connection they had.

    It is odd, especially since I enjoyed Fallon in the

    and the other guy whose name I forget(Garret or something) from

    . Now those men were the kind of MMC I want. I loved having their own POV to read, I thought it was her writing style so I'm so disappointed that this one didn't have the POV from the MMC though I doubt the POV would have been enough to salvage this one.

    I just wish things move along, instead of it dragging. The same thing keeps happening over and over again. She's kidnapped almost every book and most of the time it's by the same guy! C'mon!

    I am currently reading the

    book so let's hope it's better than this one was.

  • Jennifer

    Edited 8.21.19 for errors. I had a hard time finishing this book. While there is finally some revelation regarding Tate’s past, I find it all a bit underwhelming. Like, that’s it after four books? Plus the heroine is kidnapped. Again. Twice. And poisoned. Again. I’m just getting bored. Plus there’s still a strange disconnect between me and the author’s writing style. Ah well. Better later than never to realize my feelings about the series. :)

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