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Blood upon the Sand (The Song of the Shattered Sands) Kindle Edition
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"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." --D.B. Jackson, author of the Thieftaker Chronicles "Sumptuous and incredibly entertaining, Beaulieu has created memorable characters in a richly imagined world." --Michael J. Sullivan, author of The Riyria Chronicles "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." --C.S. Friedman, author of Dreamwalker "A memorable heroine, a poetically told tale of revenge, and superb worldbuilding make Twelve Kings in Sharakhai a splendid read." --John Marco, author of The Eyes of God "Twelve Kings in Sharakhai 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 "An excellent example of what a fantasy author can achieve when he has a talent for storytelling and has courage to add originality to the story.... The story is full of depth, fantastic scenes, and intriguing characters.... Twelve Kings in Sharakhai may well be the best epic fantasy novel of the year." --Rising Shadow --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B01KFYXWNW
- Publisher : Gollancz; 1st edition (9 February 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 3813 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 673 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 147320304X
- Best Sellers Rank: 101,456 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
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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.