This is the second work by this author I have read. Though short, the topic matter and invented world created here is equally as delightful and original as her previous novella, Obsolete. Sands of Sorrow, however, is clearly part of a serial work and definitely has an episodic feel to it with its "to be continued" ending. The romance factor here is really only alluded to here, with an attraction building between Salika and one of her trainers but not developing very far. We get a hint that this will be allowed to flourish in a later installment, so stay tuned!
I am intrigued by the author's vision of a future where beings are valued for their individual aptitudes and encouraged to pursue them in a supportive environment devoted to the nurturing and vocational practice of these talents. The natural peace and order that could be possible living by such a credo makes the future something to truly look forward to!
Sci-fi fans like myself will enjoy Sands of Sorrow, as we are always enchanted by a story that treats a favorite genre so well!