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Twelve Kings (Song of the Shattered Sands 1) - Bradley Beaulieu

Twelve Kings (Song of the Shattered Sands 1) - Bradley Beaulieu
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 Twelve Kings (Song of the Shattered Sands 1) - Bradley BeaulieuTwelve Kings (Song of the Shattered Sands 1) - Bradley Beaulieu 

Title: Twelve Kings

Author:  Bradley Beaulieu

ISBN:  9781473203006

Weight:  990g

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Twelve Kings by Bradley Beaulieu

An epic new fantasy series of mystery, prophecy and death within the ancient walled city of the Twelve Kings

In the cramped west end of Sharakhai, the Amber Jewel of the Desert, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape a living.  She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall of the cruel, immortal Kings of Sharakhai, but she’s never been able to do anything about it.  This all changes when she goes out on the night of Beht Zha’ir, the holy night when all are forbidden from walking the streets.

It’s the night that the asirim, the powerful yet wretched creatures that protect the Kings from all who would stand against them, wander the city and take tribute.  It is then that one of the asirim, a pitiful creature who wears a golden crown, stops Çeda and whispers long forgotten words into her ear.  Çeda has heard those words before, in a book left to her by her mother, and it is through that one peculiar link that she begins to find hidden riddles left by her mother.

As Çeda begins to unlock the mysteries of that fateful night, she realizes that the very origin of the asirim and the dark bargain the Kings made with the gods of the desert to secure them may be the very key she needs to throw off the iron grip the Kings have had over Sharakhai.  And yet the Kings are no fools – they’ve ruled the Shangazi for four hundred years for good reason, and they have not been idle.

As Çeda digs into their past, and the Kings come closer and closer to unmasking her, Çeda must decide if she’s ready to face them once and for all.

Peer & Press Reviews

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai [US title] 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 Assassin’s Apprentice

Beaulieu’s fantasy worlds are well-imagined and richly drawn… the kind you want to keep visiting.

Kirkus Speculative Reading List, September 2015

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.

SciFiNow

Bibliographic Info

AttributeDetails
TitleTwelve Kings
Author
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
SeriesSong of the Shattered Sands – book 1
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the tipped-in title page
Please note the author has signed this book in a very unusual way, i.e. using the art of calligraphy to print his 3 initials (BPB) in a vibrant cerise ink – see image.
Book Stats
PublisherOrion Publishing Group
ImprintGollancz
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 139781473203006
ISBN 101473203007
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Pages580
Size (h x w x d)240 x 162 x 52mm
Packed weight1.197kg [very heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Jacket imageGetty Images / Andrew Unangst

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