Bound by Blood and Sand (Untitled Series #1) by Becky Allen ~ Review

Bound by Blood and Sand (Untitled Series #1) by 
Hardcover320 pages
Expected publication: October 11th 2016 
by Delacorte Press
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher
Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Stars


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.


Thank you Random House for sending me a copy of Bound by Blood and Sand for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

Bound by Blood and Sand is such an emotional story. Experiencing Jae's journey and the fact that her and her people have no free will. Becky Allen really plays on this theme and shows all sides. Those that may not have ever thought something as simple as asking a question and forcing the person who has no choice but to answer. What if you had a secret that you knew could destroy everything you hold dear. Jae and her people have no choice but to comply with anything asked of them.

While there was not romance I think that was fitting for the way this story was told. If you were touched by men or women and did not have a choice you probably would not want anyone regardless of the attraction to touch you as well. This story was a raw and gripping fantasy novel that really plays on emotions.

I am a huge fan of Becky Allen's writing style and voice. Bound by Blood and Sand is such a powerful story about people stripped of their free will and the people that would exploit that. Thisis a must read for fantasy fans. 

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About the Author:

Becky Allen grew up in a tiny town outside Ithaca, New York, and graduated from Brandeis University with a major in American studies and a minor in journalism. She is the website director of, an online HIV resource, and loves New York, brunch, and feminism. Becky lives in New York City.


  1. OOoh nice! Just started hearing about this one last month I think! It sounds incredible! I love a good fantasy with hefty dose of magic mixed in! Sounds like my kind of read! Nice review!


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