Of Sand and Malice Made, A Shattered Sands Novel
- Author: Bradley P. Beaulieu
- Published: September 6th, 2016
- Publisher: Daw Books
- Ratings: 4.5/5
Ceda is the youngest pit fighter in the history of Sharakhai. She’s made her name in the arena as the fearsome White Wolf. None but her closest friends and allies know her true identity. But this all changes when she crosses the path of Rumayesh, an ehrekh, a sadistic creature forged aeons ago by the god of chaos.
The ehrekh are desert dwellers, but for centuries Rumayesh has lurked in the dark corners of Sharakhai, combing the populace for human “jewels” that might interest her. Some she chooses to stand by her side, until she tires of them and discards them. Others she abducts to examine more closely, leaving them ruined, worn-out husks.
Ceda flees the ehrekh’s attentions, but that only makes Rumayesh covet her more. Rumayesh grows violent, threatening to unmask Ceda as the White Wolf- but the danger grows infinitely worse when she turns her attention to Ceda’s friends.
As Ceda fights to protect the people dearest to her, Rumayesh comes closer to attaining her prize, and the straggle becomes a battle for Ceda’s very soul.
I loved the first book in this series the Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, so I had to pick up this prequel and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed at all. I loved it!
This novel is broken down into three interlinked parts Ceda being the main protagonist. We get a younger Ceda and her interaction with Rumayesh a demon that becomes interested in Ceda, and in order to get Ceda’s attention this demon like creature starts getting involved with Ceda’s friends. The novella tells the story of how Ceda and her friends try to get away from this violent demon.
I really loved how fast paced this story was and the illustrations we get, I’m not sure I like the format of the book divided into three parts but I still loved to learning more about Ceda and her friends. I loved the world building and the action.
Overall, this was a great read one I recommend and you can read it before the Twelve Kings of Sharakhai or right after it. I haven’t read book 2 as of today but I’m definitely picking it up very soon.
Have you guys read any of the books in The Song of the Shatter Sands series? if so, What are your thoughts? leave a comment down below.
More to come on this series.