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plains of sand and steel

Plains of Sand and Steel (An Uncommon World Novel)

By: Alisha Klapheke

Publisher: Alisha Klapheke

Publication Date: June 16th, 2017

Format: eARC


Forced into marriage.
Chosen by Fire.
Determined to do what is right.
Seren will do anything to protect her people. Even if it means hiding the body of their dead ruler and telling a lie that could lead her to a brutal end.
As she struggles to accept her role as leader and fails to resist a mercenary she isn’t allowed to love, an army falls on her city. Seren fights to protect her friends—the only family she has left—but her newfound power turns a possible victory in to a storm of chaos.

Make sure to grab the companion novels in the Uncommon World Series!

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4 star (griffin)

What a great addition to Alisha’s Uncommon World series. I should preface this review by saying that, normally, I’m not a fan of “companion novel” series. They have to be done well, the world well developed and the characters capturing your attention from the very beginning, simply because you don’t have the time that a series does to do the characters justice. In that respect, so many series like this fall short. Also, I become attached to the characters in the first book, can’t imagine it getting any better, and end up resenting new characters simply because they aren’t the people I want to read about. But, isn’t that even more of a reason to be impressed with Plains of Sand and Steel? Of course I missed Kinneret and the rest of her crew, but I fell in love with Seren, too. And I couldn’t help but enjoy that this was a contained story in a world I was already familiar with.


Seren is a wonderful heroine. She is fierce and intelligent, thoughtful and caring. She’s balanced, though. She felt real. Because her character is also unsure, insecure, young and forced to grow up very fast and has faced so much loss. Her love interest was Lucca, who can rival Calev for the best of Alisha’s leading men who are absolutely loves without overshadowing the awesomeness that is their leading lady. Ona brings in the other perspective for this book, and while she wasn’t my favorite character, she was interesting and I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing more of her later on.


For romance and action, political intrigue and beautiful writing, pick up this series. If you are just as skeptical of companion series as I was, pick up this series. If you want to get a head start on a great new series, put the Uncommon World series on your to read list, novellas and all, you won’t regret it.

about the author

Award-winning author Alisha Klapheke wants to infuse your life with unique magic, far-flung fantasy settings, and romance. Her inspiration springs from medieval art and artifacts, the world travel she enjoys with her husband, and the fantasy she grew up reading when she was supposed to be doing her math homework.

When she’s not writing, Alisha teaches Thai kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and krav maga at her family’s dojo just outside of Nashville. That may be why writing fight scenes is her favorite.

Kathleen Rushall of Andrea Brown Literary Agency represents Alisha in all things books.

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follow the tour

Week One:

6/5/2017- MNBernard Books– Interview

6/5/2017- Pooled Ink– Review


6/6/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf– Review

6/6/2017- Rachel’s Book Reviews– Review

6/7/2017- Novel Novice– Excerpt

6/7/2017- Hooked To Books– Review


6/8/2017- Taking It One Book at a Time– Review

6/8/2017- Bibliobibuli YA– Review

6/9/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Excerpt

6/9/2017- PC Book Reviews– Guest Post


Week Two:

6/12/2017- Fiction Fare– Guest Post

6/12/2017- What the Cat Read– Review

6/13/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

6/13/2017- Why I Read– Review

6/14/2017- Booklove– Review

6/14/2017- Just Another Bookaholic– Spotlight

6/15/2017- Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions– Excerpt

6/15/2017- BookHounds YA– Review

6/16/2017- BookBriefs– Review

6/16/2017- Page Turners Blog– Review


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Disclaimer: The synopsis and cover picture were pulled from the book’s Goodreads page. Neither belong to us. The author image, info, giveaway, and more were provided by Rockstar Book Tours. An advanced copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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