I enjoyed the first book, “Twelve Kings in Sharakhai,” so was eager to pick up this sequel. In ‘Twelve Kings’ we met Çeda, accomplished swordswoman, who makes it her secret mission to destroy the dozen immortal Kings who rule the city of Sharakhai with a heavy hand. In the first book, she manages to kill one of the twelve…
In ‘With Blood Upon The Sand’ we continue where we left off. Çeda has achieved the elite position of Blade Maiden, and is conspiring from within the system for her hoped overthrow, plotting slowly and laboriously to try to assassinate more of the Kings and to discover from whence their power and life-extension ability come.
As in the first book, there’s an extremely low page-count to kings-killed ratio. I have to admit that at several points I really wished we could dispense with some of the one-step-forward, two-steps-back details, and get this revolution moving! But we spend an awful lot of time on Çeda’s rivalry with a hostile colleague, her training to commune with/control the undead ‘asirim,’ covert communications that don’t go anywhere, and her frustration with the stagnant situation. I felt frustrated too!
Stick with it though, and there WILL BE exploding zombies!
It’s really not a spoiler to say that there are still plenty of Kings left in Sharakhai to fuel further sequels in this epic.
Man thanks to NetGalley and DAW for the opportunity to read. As always, my opinion is unaffected by the source of the book.