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Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
Thursday, M
ay 23, 2019 - 8pm
Panera
770 Rt.17 North
Paramus, NJ 07652

This group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month to discuss various works of modern
masters or upcoming talent in SF, fantasy, paranormal, horror and related genres. It also
occasionally explores classics and the 'masters' of the classics.

*For the complete list of titles for 2019 scroll below event recap.  You will find all
12 bookcovers/titles.

A nobleman’s daughter with magic in her blood. An empire built on the dreams of enslaved
gods. Empire of Sand is Tasha Suri’s captivating, Mughal India-inspired debut fantasy.

The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and
persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate
daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember,
but whose face and magic she has inherited.

When Mehr’s power comes to the attention of the Emperor’s most feared mystics, she
must use every ounce of will, subtlety, and power she possesses to resist their cruel
agenda.

Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance…
January
May
Empire of Sand by
Tasha Suri
February
June
Silver On the Road by
Laura Anne Gilman
March
July
Bane and Shadow by
Jon Skovron
April
August
Feeder by
Patrick Weekes
September
A Big Ship At the Edge
of the Universe by
Alex White
October
The Black Prism
Lightbringer Bk #1 by
Brent Weeks
November
State Tectonics by
Malka Older
December
Annual Year-In-Review
May
Modern Masters Selections for 2019
Recaps & comments
The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow
4/25/19
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We had a lot of fun with this one! From scores of 7 over B (Chris lol!) and Pi G (Todd ROFL!) to cackling witches flying away
and Hodor - we enjoyed discussing The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow. The story is described as a steampunk
alternate London with magic that introduces the reader to characters Emma Bannon and Archibald Clair. Emma is a
sorceress prime and Clair is a mentath. Emma is a practitioner of the black arts and Archibald's power is being detailed.
Yup, he's organized, analytical and good with numbers. So, any way....lol...there were things we all liked: setting, some
well done scenes, good world building and things we all agreed took us out of the story: bad editing, not enough
explanation and odd choices for names of some things. Looking at you Londonium!! The overall score was B, slightly above
average, but we've volunteered Todd to read the sequels and report back.
The Black God's Drums by P. Djeli Clark
3/28/19 recap

Chris H
The Black God's Drums by P. Djeli Clark was the Caribbean Dreams selection for Modern Masters. Although a 110 page
novella (7 of them would fit into one Outlander book), it was very well received. Clark's debut novella brought an alternate
New Orleans to life, complete with orisha, airships, and high adventure. Main character, Creeper, is one of the street
children of the city. While trying to plan a robbery on unwitting passerby, Creeper overhears a secret. Creeper brings this
news to Captain Ann-Marie of an airship. What follows is a well written adventure with well defined characters. Everyone
gave it high marks. It is easy to see why Clark is a rising science fiction and fantasy star.