Of Sand and Malice Made
Ceda is the youngest pit fighter in the history of Sharakhai. She's made her name in the arena as the fearsome White Wolf. None but her closest friends and allies know her true identity. But this all changes when she crosses the path of Rumayesh, an ehrekh, a sadistic creature forged aeons ago by the god of chaos.
The ehrekh are desert dwellers, but for centuries Rumayesh has lurked in the dark corners of Sharakhai, combing the populace for human "jewels" that might interest her. Some she chooses to stand by her side, until she tires of them and discards them. Others she abducts to examine more closely, leaving them ruined, worn-out husks.
Ceda flees the ehrekh's attentions, but that only makes Rumayesh covet her more. Rumayesh grows violent, threatening to unmask Ceda as the White Wolf-but the danger grows infinitely worse when she turns her attention to Ceda's friends.
As Ceda fights to protect the people dearest to her, Rumayesh comes closer to attaining her prize, and the struggle becomes a battle for Ceda's very soul.
- Paperback | 240 pages
- 130 x 203 x 15mm | 191g
- 19 Sep 2017
- Astra Publishing House
- DAW BOOKS
- United States
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"Ceda 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. Wise readers will hop on this train now, as the journey promises to be breathtaking."
-Robin Hobb, bestselling author of Fool's Assassin
"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
"Fantasy and horror, catacombs and sarcophagi, resurrections and revelations: the book has them all, and Beaulieu wraps it up in a package that's as graceful and contemplative as it is action-packed and pulse-pounding." -NPR
"Beaulieu's intricate world-building and complex characters are quickly becoming the hallmarks of his writing, and if this opening volume is any indication, [this series] will be one of the next great fantasy epics." -B&N SF&F Blog
"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 Ceda'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."
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