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THE PRINCESS OF DHAGABAD by Anna Kashina: Reviews and Giveaways

It has been over a year since the publication of Anna Kashina’s romantic Arabian-style fantasy THE PRINCESS OF DHAGABAD, but we are still getting great reviews for this book, especially in the wake of its sequel THE GODDESS OF DANCE receiving a silver medal at ForeWord Book of the Year Awards. Here are some great review quotations for THE PRINCESS OF DHAGABAD:

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Historical Novel Review: “inexorable and completely satisfying love story that features history, philosophy and myth.  What’s more, I felt the author made the idea of an ancient force of nature falling in love with the young and innocent heroine believable, rather than creepy. Sensuous and intelligent, The Princess of Dhagabad is set within an alternative universe where gods, djinns and sorcerers do magical and philosophical battle. The Spirit of the Ancient Sands is  the first book in a trilogy by a talented new author.” Read the full review at this link.

Erin O’Riordan at Pagan Spirits: “Kashina’s writing is very sensual, very vivid, not only in sensory detail but also in emotional detail…This is a well-told fantasy tale with enough action and romance that fantasy-lovers will find it compelling.” Read the full review at this link.

The Princess of Dhagabad and The Goddess of Dance also received great reviews from Publishers Weekly, RT Book Reviews, Portland Book Review, ForeWord magazine, SF Crowsnest, Mythprint, and others.

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THE PRINCESS OF DHAGABAD reviewed by Portland Book Review

Happy New Year, everyone, and great wishes to you in 2013!

Over the holidays, a great review of Anna Kashina’s THE PRINCESS OF DHAGABAD has been posted by Portland Book Review.

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“The Princess of Dhagabad is a beautifully written novel by author Anna Kashina. She creates a world of the Middle East that is sensual, subtle and vibrant. The characters of the Princess and Hasan are layered and subtle – both show an innate curiosity about the world but with realism that their wants are overridden by political and cultural requirements. The larger cultural setting has a significant place in the story and can be considered a character of its own in the book. This novel is a delight to read and Ms. Kashina is a truly gifted storyteller.” Reviewed By Barbara Cothern

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New review of The Princess of Dhagabad: “a lush tale in the tradition of the Arabian Nights”

Laura Lehman from Bella Online Publishing just posted a great review of THE PRINCESS OF DHAGABAD by ANNA KASHINA. She characterizes the book as “a lush tale in the tradition of Arabian Nights” with vivid descriptions that “have a strong eastern fairy tale feel to them, pulling you into the story”. Laura says, “if you like Arabian Nights and fantasy stories that are a bit different than the tried and true medieval England, The Princess of Dhagabad by Anna Kashina is perfect for you. I look forward to the other books in The Spirits of the Sands series.”

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An Arabian Nights-style fairy tale fantasy with elements of romance that will surely appeal to the readers who are young at heart and love their fairy tales with a captivating twist of action, politics, and intrigue. This is a stand-alone sequel to THE PRINCESS OF DHAGABAD, also available from Dragonwell Publishing.

The Goddess of Dance by Anna Kashina

The time to the release of THE GODDESS OF DANCE is ticking down to September 30, some advance reviews have recently appeared online.

Angela Blount characterized the book as “Substantial and vivid” and presents a great analysis of positives and negatives in the story. You can read her review at this link.

David Marshall characterizes it as an interesting take on the Arabian Nights and says that “you will love this book if you are seventeen”. His very detailed review touches in on the language and the plot elements, and while he feels that the story is more of a fairy tale than a gritty, realistic thriller he would have liked to see in this setting, he does point to the likely audience for this book among teenagers and fairy tale fans. You can read his full review at this link.

Both reviews will appear in print after the release of the book.

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THE GODDESS OF DANCE reviewed by Midwest Book Review

Reviewer Susan Bethany writes:

The art of dance has long thought to be something greater. “The Goddess of Dance” is the second novel in Anna Kashina’s The Spirits of the Ancient Sands Historical fantasy series, following Princess Gul’Agdar as she studies the magic that lies beneath the dance, pursuing it with passion as the world around her places on her the pressures of the day of marriage as a bargaining chip. With ancient mysticism and intrigue all throughout, “The Goddess of Dance” is a read that should prove hard to put down.

Read it in the upcoming July issue of the Midwest Book Review and on their web site at http://www.midwestbookreview.com.

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THE GODDESS OF DANCE reviewed by Publishers Weekly

THE GODDESS OF DANCE by Anna Kashina has just been reviewed by PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.

“Kashina’s arabesque novel alternates between effervescence and repose, retelling old tales with nothing unexpected plotwise but plenty of evocative language that will have readers dreaming of summoning their own djinn.”

Read the full review at http://reviews.publishersweekly.com/978-0-9838320-2-7

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