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WITH BLOOD UPON THE SAND

Image of With Blood Upon the Sand (Song of Shattered Sands)

Beaulieu’s relatively unique, desert-based setting gives this Song of Shattered Sands series a different feel that’s very welcome, but make no mistake: this is sprawling, epic fantasy done in a straightforward, satisfying style. He ably juggles multiple perspectives (including some of the Kings’) and makes unexpected use of some of the elements from the first book. After some significant events, the stage feels truly set for a significant and satisfying climax.

Çeda, now an elite Blade Maiden in service of the 12 immortal Kings of Sharakhai, has already secretly killed one of them. Emre, her childhood friend, has committed himself to the Moonless Host who will rain death and destruction on the great city until the Kings are brought down. Rahmad, warrior and diplomat from Qaimir, has sworn vengeance on the Host for the death of his family, but also seeks to bring down the Kings if he can. Even if they can work together, it will have to be in the face of blood magic, the monstrous, tormented asirim that are bound by the Kings for their own defence, political manoeuvring and the tides of war. (DAW, Feb., 672 pp., $26.00)
 
Reviewed by: 
Ian Mathers