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Blood upon the Sand Paperback – 7 February 2017

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Twelve Kings in Sharakhai is the gateway to what promises to be an intricate and exotic tale. The characters are well defined and have lives and histories that extend past the boundaries of the plot. The culture is well fleshed out and traditional gender roles are exploded. Çeda and Emre share a relationship seldom explored in fantasy, one that will be tried to the utmost as similar ideals provoke them to explore different paths. I expect that this universe will continue to expand in Beaulieu's skillful prose. Wise readers will hop on this train now, as the journey promises to be breathtaking (Robin Hobb author of The Assassin’s Apprentice)

The protagonist, pit-fighter Çeda, is driven but not cold, and strong but not shallow. And the initial few scenes of violence and sex, while very engaging, soon give way to a much richer plot. Beaulieu is excellent at keeping a tight rein on the moment-to-moment action and building up the tension and layers of mysteries - (9/10 Rating) (SciFiNow)

I am impressed... An exceedingly inventive story in a lushly realized dark setting that is not your uncle's Medieval Europe. I'll be looking forward to the next installment (Glen Cook author of The Black Company)

Bradley P. Beaulieu's new fantasy epic is filled with memorable characters, enticing mysteries, and a world so rich in sensory detail that you can feel the desert breeze in your hair as you read. Çeda is hands-down one of the best heroines in the genre-strong, resourceful, and fiercely loyal to friends and family. Fantasy doesn't get better than this! (C. S. Friedman author of The Coldfire Trilogy)

Exotic, sumptuous and incredibly entertaining, Beaulieu has created memorable characters in a richly imagined world (Michael J. Sullivan author of The Riyria Chronicles)

Beaulieu's fantasy worlds are well-imagined and richly drawn...the kind you want to keep visiting (Kirkus Speculative Reading List for September 2015)

Twelve Kings is the best new Epic Fantasy I've read in years (Mark Yon SFFWorld)

A memorable heroine, a poetically told tale of revenge, and superb world-building make Twelve Kings in Sharakhai a splendid read (John Marco author of The Jackal of Nar and The Eyes of God)

Bradley Beaulieu has crafted a rich, fascinating world, filled it with compelling characters, and blended them into an epic tale that grabbed my attention on the first page and refused to let go. I look forward to more stories of Sharakhai (David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson author of Rules of Ascension and Thieftaker)

It's hard to take a desert novel and not draw comparisons to Dune, but Beaulieu manages to create a rich, totally individual world, teeming with wonders and wondrous characters. Çeda and Emre and their relationship rings true and draws the reader on through magic, vengeance, and above all, excitement. A hellacious start to what looks like the next towering epic fantasy (John Hornor Jacobs author of The Incorruptibles)

Crammed with intrigue, suspense, and stunning action sequences. Engaging characters and masterful world-building (Howard Andrew Jones author of The Desert of Souls)

Pit fighting smugglers high on steroid-like flower petals alongside immortal plutocrats, who will do anything to keep on living, make this blood and sand fueled epic fantasy something to behold. Trust me. It'll bowl-yer ass off (Justin Landon Staffer’s Book Review and

Brad Beaulieu's Twelve Kings in Sharakai isn't the same as the last epic fantasy you read. Like the desert sands of Sharakhai, this first volume of Beaulieu's new series is a constantly shifting narrative of betrayal and friendship, loyalty and vengeance. Leave the farm boys to their chickens and the scullions to their pots, because Çeda's bringing a knife to this fight. It's vivid and diverse, full of complex relationships, eye-opening magic, and world building for this new age of fantasy that's broken out of its medieval shackles (Aidan Moher A Dribble of Ink)

A lavish epic featuring gods, gangs, gladiators and everything in-between. With its deliciously original magic system, vast new world, reckless heroine and sinister array of ageless villains, this is a must for fans of Brandon Sanderson (Jared Shurin Pornokitsch)


Strong characters and a plot filled with tension and difficult choices make this a good option for fantasy fans - Library Journal

If you are a fan of the epic fantasy genre, you should definitely give this book a chance - The Ranting Dragon

Bradley P. Beaulieu is a welcome addition to the roster of new fantasy novelists - Michael A. Stackpole

Exactly the kind of fantasy I like to read - Kevin J. Anderson

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gollancz; 1st edition (7 February 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 672 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 147320304X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1473203044
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.4 x 4.1 x 23.1 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent second book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 2nd instalment
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute triumph!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 March 2017
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4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd book of the „Shattered Sands“ series is hard to rate: good protagonist and world, but very drawn out plot. 3.5 stars.
Reviewed in Germany on 11 May 2018
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