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Twelve Kings in Sharakhai

(2015)
(The first book in the Song of the Shattered Sands series)
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In the cramped west end of Sharakhai, the Amber Jewel of the Desert, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape a living. She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall of the cruel, immortal Kings of Sharakhai, but she's never been able to do anything about it. This all changes when she goes out on the night of Beht Zha'ir, the holy night when all are forbidden from walking the streets. It's the night that the asirim, the powerful yet wretched creatures that protect the Kings from all who would stand against them, wander the city and take tribute. It is then that one of the asirim, a pitiful creature who wears a golden crown, stops Çeda and whispers long forgotten words into her ear. Çeda has heard those words before, in a book left to her by her mother, and it is through that one peculiar link that she begins to find hidden riddles left by her mother.
As Çeda begins to unlock the mysteries of that fateful night, she realizes that the very origin of the asirim and the dark bargain the Kings made with the gods of the desert to secure them may be the very key she needs to throw off the iron grip the Kings have had over Sharakhai. And yet the Kings are no fools-they've ruled the Shangazi for four hundred years for good reason, and they have not been idle. As Çeda digs into their past, and the Kings come closer and closer to unmasking her, Çeda must decide if she's ready to face them once and for all.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"I am impressed... An exceedingly inventive story in a lushly realized dark setting that is not your uncle's Medieval Europe. I'll be looking forward to the next installment." - Glen Cook

"Bradley P. Beaulieu's new fantasy epic is filled with memorable characters, enticing mysteries, and a world so rich in sensory detail that you can feel the desert breeze in your hair as you read. Çeda is hands-down one of the best heroines in the genre-strong, resourceful, and fiercely loyal to friends and family. Fantasy doesn't get better than this!" - C S Friedman

"Twelve Kings in Sharakhai is the gateway to what promises to be an intricate and exotic tale. The characters are well defined and have lives and histories that extend past the boundaries of the plot. The culture is well fleshed out and traditional gender roles are exploded. Çeda and Emre share a relationship seldom explored in fantasy, one that will be tried to the utmost as similar ideals provoke them to explore different paths. I expect that this universe will continue to expand in Beaulieu's skillful prose. Wise readers will hop on this train now, as the journey promises to be breathtaking." - Robin Hobb

"Exotic, sumptuous and incredibly entertaining, Beaulieu has created memorable characters in a richly imagined world." - Michael J Sullivan


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Hardback Editions

September 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: Twelve Kings: The Song of the Shattered Sands
Author(s): Bradley Beaulieu
ISBN: 1-4732-0300-7 / 978-1-4732-0300-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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September 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Song of Shattered Sands)
Author(s): Bradley P Beaulieu
ISBN: 0-7564-0972-1 / 978-0-7564-0972-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: DAW
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Paperback Editions

August 2019 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Song of Shattered Sands)
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ISBN: 0-7564-0973-X / 978-0-7564-0973-9 (USA edition)
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July 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Song of Shattered Sands)
Author(s): Bradley P Beaulieu
ISBN: 0-7564-1258-7 / 978-0-7564-1258-6 (USA edition)
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June 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Twelve Kings: The Song of the Shattered Sands
Author(s): Bradley Beaulieu
ISBN: 1-4732-0302-3 / 978-1-4732-0302-0 (UK edition)
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September 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Twelve Kings: The Song of the Shattered Sands
Author(s): Bradley Beaulieu
ISBN: 1-4732-0301-5 / 978-1-4732-0301-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Audio Editions

August 2019 : USA Audio CD

Title: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Song of Shattered Sands)
Author(s): Bradley P Beaulieu
ISBN: 1-5436-6733-3 / 978-1-5436-6733-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Song of Shattered Sands)
Author(s): Bradley P Beaulieu
ISBN: 1-4805-2717-3 / 978-1-4805-2717-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Song of Shattered Sands)
Author(s): Bradley P Beaulieu
ISBN: 1-5318-3679-8 / 978-1-5318-3679-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Twelve Kings: The Song of the Shattered Sands
Author(s): Bradley Beaulieu
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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September 2015 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Twelve Kings: The Song of the Shattered Sands
Author(s): Bradley Beaulieu
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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September 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Twelve Kings: The Song of the Shattered Sands
Author(s): Bradley Beaulieu
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Song of Shattered Sands)
Author(s): Bradley P Beaulieu
ISBN: 1-4805-2713-0 / 978-1-4805-2713-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Song of Shattered Sands)
Author(s): Bradley P Beaulieu
ISBN: 1-4805-2714-9 / 978-1-4805-2714-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Song of Shattered Sands)
Author(s): Bradley P Beaulieu
ISBN: 1-4805-2716-5 / 978-1-4805-2716-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai: Song of Shattered Sands, Book 1
Author(s): Bradley Beaulieu
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai: Song of Shattered Sands, Book 1
Author(s): Bradley Beaulieu
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2014 : USA MP3 CD

Title: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Song of the Shattered Sands)
Author(s): Bradley Beaulieu
ISBN: 1-4805-2715-7 / 978-1-4805-2715-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

September 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Twelve Kings: The Song of the Shattered Sands
Author(s): Bradley Beaulieu
Publisher: Gollancz
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September 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Song of Shattered Sands Book 1)
Author(s): Bradley P Beaulieu
Publisher: DAW
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