Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen

Bound by Blood and SandGrades. 9-12.  As water grows scarce in faraway Aredann, it is slated to be shut down and all its slaves (a caste called the Closest) left to die, while the more powerful Avowed are relocated to the central kingdom. Jae, a Closest-born and Aredann’s groundskeeper, discovers that she possesses a forgotten magic that can replenish the land’s water. She sets out on a treacherous quest across the desert to find the kingdom’s magical well, all the while knowing either she or the Closest may lose their lives before she succeeds. This debut novel features a strong female protagonist filled with ire over the discrimination levied upon her people through unjust governance.  [Read More]

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