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.

Waiting on Wednesday: With Blood Upon the Sand (The Song of the Shattered Sands #2) by Bradley P. Beaulieu

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  Every Wednesday we get to highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  My book this week is : With Blood Upon the Sand (The Song of the Shattered Sands #2) by Bradley P. Beaulieu.  You may have noticed that I featured this in my recent list of books that I’m looking forward to reading in 2017.  This gives a bit more information.  the book is due out June 2017 and is the second in series.  The first, Twelve Kings in Sharakhai was an excellent read that was on my year end ‘best of’ list for 2015.  Highly recommended (my review here).  Anyway, to the detail, starting with two dramatically different and yet equally gorgeous covers:

Çeda, now a Blade Maiden in service to the kings of Sharakhai, trains as one of their elite warriors, gleaning secrets even as they send her on covert missions to further their rule. She knows the dark history of the asirim—that hundreds of years ago they were enslaved to the kings against their will—but when she bonds with them as a Maiden, chaining them to her, she feels their pain as if her own. They hunger for release, they demand it, but with the power of the gods compelling them, they find the yokes around their necks unbreakable.

Çeda could become the champion they’ve been waiting for, but the need to tread carefully has never been greater. After the victory won by the Moonless Host in the Wandering King’s palace, the kings are hungry for blood. They scour the city, ruthless in their quest for revenge. Unrest spreads like a plague, a thing Emre and his new allies in the Moonless Host hope to exploit, but with the kings and their god-given powers, and the Maidens and their deadly ebon blades, there is little hope of doing so.

When Çeda and Emre are drawn into a plot of the blood mage, Hamzakiir, they sail across the desert to learn the truth, and a devastating secret is revealed, one that may very well shatter the power of the hated kings. They plot quickly to take advantage of it, but it may all be undone if Çeda cannot learn to navigate the shifting tides of power in Sharakhai and control the growing anger of the asirim that threatens to overwhelm her.