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.

withbloodCeda 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??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.

13 Responses to “Friday Firsts: With Blood Upon the Sand (The Song of the Shattered Sands #2) by Bradley P. Beaulieu”

  1. Tammy

    Definitely a series on my list to read at some point!

    • @lynnsbooks

      You simply have to read this one. I know time is such a pain but Twelve Kings is just so good and I’m expecting greatness from this one too.
      Lynn 😀

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Ceda is back! Ceda is back! 🙂
    (apologies for the excessive enthusiasm…)

    I’m more than looking forward to this one, and I’m very happy to learn that the writing is on the same level as book 1. Eagerly awaiting your review….

    • @lynnsbooks

      No. Never apologise for excessive enthusiasm – can it even be excessive! Where Ceda is concerned!
      Lynn 😀

  3. sjhigbee

    This looks like a series I ought to get to know – I LOVE that cover:). Thank you for sharing, Lynn.

    • @lynnsbooks

      If I can say anything to persuade you to read this – I WILL – Twelve Kings is so, so, so good. I’m not kidding, exaggerating or anything else!
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I’ll REALLY try to get hold of it this year!

  4. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I’m reading this now, really enjoying it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      yeah, I think you’re a bit further ahead then me probably but I’m so excited for this.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    A promising start! Can’t wait to read this one myself, once it’s its turn in the queue 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah – so good to open on the first few lines with Ceda – planning things!

  6. Rebecca

    I just finished Twelve Kings and I’m glad I don’t have to wait too much longer for the sequel! What a fantastic book- can’t wait to post the review in a few weeks.

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