Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet or computer – no Kindle device required. Learn more
Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.
Using your mobile phone camera, scan the code below and download the Kindle app.
Enter your mobile phone or email address
By pressing ‘Send link’, you agree to Amazon's Conditions of Use.
You consent to receive an automated text message from or on behalf of Amazon about the Kindle App at your mobile number above. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message and data rates may apply.
Blood upon the Sand Paperback – 7 February 2017
|New from||Used from|
|Paperback, 7 February 2017||
Enhance your purchase
Frequently bought together
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 Tor.com)
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)
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: 668,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Review this product
Top review from Australia
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Ceda, now a blade maiden in service to the King's of sharakhai, trains as one of their elite warriors, gleaning secrets as even as they send her on convert missions to further their rule.
Good but slow read with good characters. I managed to read it. Slowly. 3*. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book from netgalley.
Top reviews from other countries
Ceda has grown smarter and more dangerous but we also see the Kings in more detail with their own politics and manipulations.
There is a growing depth and intelligence to the story that draws you in deeper wanting to see what happens next.
The plot is unpredictable without feeling forced and the ending has lots of action and a few extra surprises thrown in.
I truly cannot wait for book number 3.
I do like this series and its main character, Çeda, a lot. The same goes for the great world building and the vast history accompanying it, how the kings betrayed one of their own, how the gods have their own, unknown, agenda, how the deeds of the past come back to haunt everyone.
As before, Çeda carries one of the POVs, as do Ramahd, the Qaimiri lord, and Davud, the scholar Çeda knows since childhood. Although I just finished the book [took me long enough…], I couldn’t say, if Emre had a POV, but then, I detest him anyway. Oh, surprisingly king Ihsan’s POV was a good one. But he was the only other than Çeda’s, I liked.
So here’s where my first problem came in: all the men in this story, are real tools. They were either sad cowards, plain cruel or daft. Or a mixture of all three. Ramahd and his sister in law gave me the creeps whenever they had any pagetime [and they had far too much] and really, I hope their kingdom will be taken from them. Reading about the rituals, the machinations, their plain unpleasant personalities and worst of all, hearing Ramahd the coward’s thoughts, made me skim a lot of pages in the end. Thinking of having to read more of them clearly makes me reevaluate my estimation of the series and if I will go on reading it.
Then the new one, Davud, the boring scholar, who doesn’t get any more interesting the moment his life is turned upside down and again, I started skimming pages [and I’m not a skimmer. At all.] out of sheer boredom.
Overall boredom was my second problem. Although Çeda is still a [mostly] interesting character, there are a lot of pages full of her stumbling around at the Maidens’s House, in the city, in some tunnels, wherever. Nothing is achieved, nothing learned, noting really happens. There is no real story for a great length of time and this is why it took me forever to finish this book [it's nearly 700 pages, a bad pacing makes that a lot]. At times, I really shied away from it, because I knew, I’d have to read through more pages of inconsequential stuff. There are a few pretty cool revelations that reminded me of the previous two books’ greatness and a huge battle at the end that was very well written and if not for them, I would have given the book no more than three stars.
Now I’m wary: should I go on with the next book? It’s going to be six main novels after all in this series and books 1 and 0.5 were very good. But I can’t stand the thought of reading more of repulsive Meryam and Ramahd or of boring Davud. So right now, I’m undecided, if I’m going to continue the series and will read a few more reviews on “A Veil of Spears” before deciding.