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With Blood Upon the Sand

By Bradley P. Beaulieu
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The second book in The Song of the Shattered Sands series--an epic fantasy with a desert setting, filled with rich worldbuilding and pulse-pounding action.

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 their chains unbreakable.

Çeda could become the champion they've been waiting for, but the need to tread carefully has never been greater. After their recent defeat at the hands of the rebel Moonless Host, the kings are hungry for blood, scouring the city in their ruthless quest for revenge. Çeda's friend Emre and his new allies in the Moonless Host hope to take advantage of the unrest in Sharakhai, despite the danger of opposing the kings and their god-given powers, and the Maidens and their deadly ebon blades.

When Çeda and Emre are drawn into a plot of the blood mage Hamzakiir, they learn a devastating secret that may very well shatter the power of the hated kings. 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...

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16 Reviews

4.5
“This series needs more attention. I can't think of a single negative thing to say about this book. Blood magic, demons, scheming kings, gods and a narrative that twists and turns culminate into a banger of a sequel.”
“I'm finally continuing my journey into the desert of Shangazi and I'm glad I did. The world remains as engaging and the main character is great, with a great supporting cast. It started off a little slow but I was kind of glad since I needed to remember who everyone was lol. Of the storylines I found myself enjoying Ramahd and Meryam the least. I don't trust that chick as far as I can throw her skinny butt. She is super shady. But as well written as all the others. I'm really glad Ceda finally killed Mesut but I was so disappointed that Cahil managed to escape. At this point, the Kings are dropping like flies and I'm here for it. I find the Moonless Host almost as bad as the Kings even if they have valid grievances. And Hamazakiir seems like he's going to be the bad guy at the end, worse than any of them.”
“5 ⭐️ RTC !!!!”

About Bradley P. Beaulieu

Bradley P. Beaulieu fell in love with fantasy from the moment he began reading The Hobbit in third grade. While Bradley earned a degree in computer science and engineering and worked in the information technology field for years, he could never quite shake his desire to explore other worlds. He began writing his first fantasy novel in college. It was a book he later trunked, but it was a start, a thing that proved how much he enjoyed the creation of stories. It made him want to write more. He went on to write The Lays of Anuskaya series as well as The Song of Shattered Sands series. He has published work in the Realms of Fantasy Magazine, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine ShowWriters of the Future 20, and several anthologies. He has won the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Award and earned a Gemmell Morningstar Award nomination. Learn more about Bradley by visiting his website, quillings.com, or on Twitter at @bbeaulieu.

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