Twelve Kings in Sharakhai

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai

Book - 2015
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Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings--cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule. Or so it seems, until ©eda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings' laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha'ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings' mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings' power... if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don't find her first.
Publisher: New York : Daw Books, Inc., 2015
ISBN: 9780756409722
0756409721
Branch Call Number: SF BEAULIEU
Characteristics: 583 pages ; 24 cm

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Beatricksy Jun 25, 2017

It's refreshing to read a fantasy novel that isn't European-centric. This book is coded as an Arabic tale. It's fresh and interesting, and the way the story layers upon itself with a strong, gorgeous worldbuilding is a delight. Myth is interwoven (sometimes clunkily as a character just starts talking about it with little provocation, sometimes smoothly) into the plot, revealing a well-contemplated universe. A lot of thought and love has been put into this. It's a grim tale, full of blood and violence, but there's a beauty to it, too, with a breathtaking world to explore and fascinating characters to meet. Looks to be a promising series.

p_leitch Sep 13, 2015

A delightful read. I enjoyed it and look forward to to the next two (? -- no more I hope, not wanting it to drag).

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p_leitch thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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