The Eyes of Tamburah Review: Pros and Cons of a Unique Fantasy World

June 28, 2021 by Bec | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

The Eyes of Tamburah Review: Pros and Cons of a Unique Fantasy WorldThe Eyes of Tamburah Series: Archives of the Invisible Sword #1
Published by Harlequin on June 17th, 2019
Source: Purchased
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, New Adult
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'He thinks you are the thief...'

Shyla is a researcher who resides in the underground desert city of Zirdai, which is ruled by the wealthy Water Prince and brutal Heliacal Priestess. Even though Shyla is sun-kissed - an outcast, considered cursed by the Sun Goddess - she is still renowned for uncovering innumerable archaic facts, lost artefacts, ancient maps and obscure historical documents. Her quiet life is about to change when Banqui, an archaeologist, enlists her services to find The Eyes of Tamburah: legendary gemstones that bestow great magic on their wielder. These ancient objects can tip the balance of power and give whoever possesses them complete control of the city.

But chaos erupts when The Eyes are stolen soon after they're found - and Shyla is blamed for the theft. Forced to flee, with the Prince's soldiers and the Priestess's deacons on her trail, Shyla must recover the jewels and clear her name. A quest that will unearth secrets even more valuable than The Eyes of Tamburah themselves...

The Good Things

  • This was a reread for me! Maria V Snyder is one of my all time favourite authors.
  • Fast paced New Adult fantasy set in one of the most unique worlds I’ve ever read.
  • The world building is amazing! It’s so seamlessly woven into the narrative and plot.
  • I loved Shyla as a main character! She’s so resourceful, logical, and sarcastic.
  • Like I said, this is fast paced. The plot gets moving in the very first chapter and is constantly moving forward. It made it easy to binge in 24 hours.
  • Maria V Snyder always writes some of the most entertaining banter between characters and this book is no exception.
  • Also lots of found family feelings! Another common Snyder theme.
  • Shyla’s work as an archaeologist, searching for cursed artefacts and solving puzzles in temples, adds some Indiana Jones/ Uncharted vibes!
  • Super slow burn romance (my favourite kind).


The Not-So-Good Things

  • I wanted more Rendor! I liked him but it felt like he barely had any scenes.
  • The magic wasn’t explored as much as I hoped, though I also wasn’t too surprised. I’m expecting more magic exploration and explanation in the sequel.


Maria V Snyder’s new series is exactly what I expected: a wonderful fast paced and fun fantasy read. I really enjoyed it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Bec is an Aussie blogger and reader who loves all types of novels. Fantasy, sci fi, and historical are my usual go-to genres. If I’m not binge reading, I’m usually gaming, trying to take decent photos for bookstagram, or freaking out about silly things.

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