by Bradley Beaulieu
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Title: Twelve Kings
Author: Bradley Beaulieu
Publishd By:Orian Publishing Group
Book: #1 of the song of the shattered sands
Rating: 4.5 Voodoos
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.
Often introduction books have little storyline. They’re there to present the story to you and introduce you to the new world you now find yourself. This first book managed to also cram in a fair amount of plot a d mystery into it’s pages. Having said that, if we have one book per king, we’ll be here a while…
Another long book ( the last one I read was also about a billion pages long) it was fascinating from the start but took a while to reach a point where I was actually hoping to get an extra moment to return. Also it took me a ridiculously long time to realise that the pictures above the chapters told you which person the chapter was going to be about (and also WHEN)…be quiet.
This is what I call a concentration book, it’s not a light read that you can dip in and out of, it’s a solid adventure you need to pay close attention to, which can be a problem if you’re not in the right mood.
I quite like Ceda (pronounced Cheda I believe) as a character. You get to understand her quite well by the end, as much as she understands herself that is. There’s possible foreshadowing all about the place and I’m excited.
I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.