Teaser Tuesday – 28th February, 2017



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is my choice of the day:

Twelve Kings – Book 1 of The Song of the Shattered Sands by Bradley Beaulieu
3% She didn’t tell Emre she’d seen the Jackel King in the Knot. He’d only worry, and there was little enough to tell in any case. And yet, despite her silence, he said to her one day, “You’re acting strangely.”twelvekings

Which was rich, coming from Emre.

BLURB: 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 Çeda, 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.

I’ve got a real taste for desert-based fantasy at the moment. While suffering withdrawal symptoms for The Rebel Sands series, I thought I’d tuck into this promising offering. And I haven’t been disappointed. It is quite different, but still engrossing and well written with a wonderfully vivid world. An ideal read on a dreary winter day!

27 responses »

  1. I love the cover for Twelve Kings. I’ve had this on my TBR list for ages, and your teaser makes me want to read it right now lol. I just finished Rebel of the Sands and can’t wait to read Traitor to the Throne. There’s definitely something addictive about desert-based fantasy isn’t there!

    Thanks for dropping by, Happy Reading!
    Rachel @ Paein-and-Ms4Tune

    • Oh, the Rebel of the Sands series is great fun – thought I thought Traitor to the Throne even better than ‘Rebel’. This is another storming desert-based fantasy, but on a more epic scale.

  2. We got the fantasy series by Tschowski (sp?) yesterday, and he’s already into it. We had to get it from A&M university in Texas and he can keep it until June. It is thick; he may need that much time!
    Here’s my teaser from a children’s book on adult subject, Sea Change by Frank Viva. It’s almost like a graphic novel as far as the illustrations/text go (sometimes the text curls and swirls around and makes shapes) and is a fascinating read:
    I am picking up where I left off reading at the beginning of chapter 10…
    “Uncle Earl was wearing a pair of wire-framed reading glasses and sitting in a well-used leather chair. He was reading a tattered book by the light of a dim lamp. He looked so different there, away from his boat. More like the kind of Uncle you’d tell a secret to than the kind who’d made you shovel rotten mackerel. There were books all around him, and as my eyes adjusted to the light, I could see that every wall had a bookcase and they were all stuffed with books.”
    This is a coming of age story for a twelve year old boy; there is a girl involved, a girl who has a secret.
    It is an interesting book.

    • That sounds a lovely Teaser, Rae – thank you for sharing. I’ll see if I can track it down for my granddaughter. So glad that Adrian Tchaikovsky’s books have finally arrived and are going down well:)).

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