Twelve Kings : Song of the Shattered Sands

  • by Bradley Beaulieu
  • Narrated by Sarah Coomes
  • Series: Song of the Shattered Sands
  • 25 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 400 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.

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Darn it, it's finished!

What beautiful, jewel-like scenes set in a golden, unforgiving desert. Descriptions of a land I would not hesitate to visit again. Mr Beaulieu is a master of his craft. There are no dragging, monotonous descriptions of scenes but crisp, jewels that my imagination can savour. In spite of its length and the back flashes, I felt no impatience for the main story to continue. The story and the experiences of the characters which shaped them, unfolded likes the petals of the deadly flowers so central to the themes.

The narrator was the perfect choice to read this narrative. The only problem was that she sometimes paused in the wrong place before finishing a sentence or thought.,

I cannot wait to buy the next audio book.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-03-2015
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group