Friday Firsts: With Blood Upon the Sand (The Song of the Shattered Sands #2) by Bradley P. Beaulieu
Friday Firsts is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraph of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others. Stop on by and link up with Tenacious Reader. This week I’m reading With Blood Upon the Sand (The Song of the Shattered Sands #2) by Bradley P. Beaulieu.
Ceda crouched, cradled in the branches of a well-tended fig tree, studying the movements of the Kings’ soldiers, the Silver Spears, along the palace wall above. Staring up through the leaves, she measured their pace as they marched from tower to tower, noted how long and at which locations they tarried. She gave special attention to the changing of the guard, and was relieved that the same guards had been posted as on the other nights she’d hidden here. Most important, though, was their mood. She weighed it – as well as she could from a hundred feet below – and to her great relief, found them attentive, but no more than usual. Had they seemed more prepared, on edge in some way, she knew she would have been forced to abandon her plan to kill the King of Kings.
This great palace that sat atop Mount Tauriyat was named Eventide and it was the home of Kiral, the King of Kings. Not only was it the highest and largest of Sharakhai’s palaces, it was the most difficult to penetrate. Its walls stood higher than any other palace. Its western side was built atop a sheer rock face, making it near impossible for any sizeable force to approach from that angle. Watch towers stood like sentinels every fifty paces, and the winding road leading up to it had a gorge spanned by a drawbridge that, unlike many of the other palaces on Tauriyat, was often raised.
My First Impressions
Its just so good to be returning to this world and no messing about at all – straight into an incredibly tense situation with Ceda. I’ve only just started this one but the writing is as good as I remembered from the first and I’m just so damned pleased to be reading about Ceda that at the moment I’m quite giddy with anticipation!
What you reading this Friday??