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Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite
Sand to Glass by Remy Apepp invites us to the Desert Kingdom of Ordyuk. It is ruled by King Agamenjiyr and Queen Ythiris. They have four beloved children who are still quite young. Crown Prince Diyomendon Tdroki dislikes his role and what destiny holds for him. An inner fire consumes him, making him almost unbearable. His sister, Naliki Rkalla, loves manipulating people and is not afraid of her older brother and his fiery temper. The second prince, Luxanthus Nkidu, is a perfect warrior and a future protector of Ordyuk. He is fearless and knows his duties well. He is the only companion of his youngest brother, Rezekyrios Tmra, a clumsy kid who seems to destroy everything he touches. For now, the sun shines brightly on Ordyuk, but the monsters known as the Accursed are ready to attack it. What have the Daimmu, the gods, in store for the royal family?
Sand to Glass offers a deeper look into the characters of the royal siblings, exploring their inner motives and mutual relationships. The affinity between Luxanthus and Rezekyrios was my favorite aspect of the book. Remy Apepp depicted the ideal representation of duty in Luxanthus, whose perfectionism was transformed into his strength, step by step. On the other hand, Rezekyrios Tmra has the opposite range of qualities and dual nature. Their friendship is unusual and unexpected, giving readers food for thought. I liked the distinct mythology portrayed. For example, Ishanu represents "Matters of Blood," with passion, revenge, and war among them. I found such a combination both unique and interesting. Apepp brilliantly plays on the contrasts and offers an unexpected twist in the plot. I recommend this first book of the series to fans of dark fantasy, historical and psychological works, family drama, mythology, and character-driven novels.