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With Blood Upon the Sand

(The Song of the Shattered Sands #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,910 ratings  ·  260 reviews
The second book in The Song of the Shattered Sands series--an epic fantasy with a desert setting, filled with rich worldbuilding and pulse-pounding action.

Çeda, now a Blade Maiden in service to the kings of Sharakhai, trains as one of their elite warriors, gleaning secrets even as they send her on covert missions to further their rule. She knows the dark history of the asi
Kindle Edition, 669 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by DAW
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Oct 19, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Please like this review. I'll be using it for various updates as the book heads toward release and beyond!

Feb 7th, 2017 - Release day! Thank you for all your support, everyone! I've been overwhelmed with all the well wishes and the response to the book so far.

If I might ask a favor, if you review (or have already reviewed) the book here, please copy the review to even one other site (Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc.). It raises the profile of the book and helps the launch immensely.


Jan 31st, 2017
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TW: blood; gore; torture; blood magic/self harm

This second installment was just as good as the first, and the we of political intrigue and world building its weaving is even more intricate! This definitely solidified this series as one of my favorites.
Mayim de Vries
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”War is war. The will of the Kings must be opposed, and the prose that they’d set for peace was blood.”

The second instalment in The Song of the Shattered Sands series proved Mr Beaulieu a writer who not only promises things in a terrific opening volume, but more importantly a one that keeps the quality of writing, and plotting, and character development as the series unfolds; a thing that I find rare in contemporary fantasy.

I lauded this series for excellent world building. With firm foundations
Scott  Hitchcock
Book 1: 3*
Book 2: 3*

Same complaints as book one. The pacing at times it's brutally slow to the point that when you turn a page and see only a couple of long paragraphs you're tempted to glance over them because you know it's a verbose slog that could be summed up much faster.

The overall story and characters are good. The world which is what the writer loves the most is very developed, again ad nauseum at times. If you love vivid depictions of the environment you'll love this book. I wish the au
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, other-fantasy
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Karina Webster
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great continuation from Twelve Kings. I liked that there was no information dump/rehashing of what has happened thus far which is usually the case with sequels. The writing was great, the plot moved along with many twists and turns and i still love all the characters. I am really enjoying this series and at the moment, i just don’t want it to end. I will now read the two novellas in prep for the third instalment which, thankfully, comes out next month 😄
Kitty G Books
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* I was sent this book for free from the publisher in exchange for a review *

This is book two in the Song of the Shattered Sands series by Bradley Beaulieu and it's one I have been eagerly anticipating for quite a while I loved book one in this series, Twelve Kings, and I was super happy when I got to meet the author a few times at events and tell him just how much I had enjoyed seeing a strong, wonderful and unique world within fantasy, and a delightful and fierce female lead.

In this world we
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved the sequel! It worked so well, scheming becomes more complicated as more parties get involved with their own goals. I like how Bradley continues the plot but also makes references to the previous book! Makes it so much easier for certain moments to properly stick and to keep you sharp where things left off and how they interweave in the continuation. The books are chunky so this is ideal! The pace is slow but a lot is going on. We have several POVs and they are all fascinating and full o ...more
Mar 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I kind of love and hate reading this series.
Love, because it is exciting, the overall story is good.
Hate, because pacing is just so slow. I find that there are just so many unnecessary paragraphs and at times unnecessary chapters as well.
Althea Ann
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 over
Stefan Bach
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best fantasy book in 2017?

„Had he worried? Had he feared? It seemed not. The very notion felt like an insect boring its way deeper beneath the skin. It enraged him.
On he ran, the urge to feed building. But the memories began to fade, to darken. The shrieking wind, so loud only moments ago, dwindled, until all that could be heard was sand falling to the desert floor, a sound like rain against the river.“

U godini u kojoj se željno iščekuju nastavci serijala Brendona Sandersona, (možda)
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Full review is here, on my blog.

Oh Çeda. I missed you! But… and I feel a little bad for this, I missed Emre more (<3). But they’re back, and are both in pretty deep with their respective factions. Things are really starting to come to light in this volume, especially regarding the various magics and magical beings of this world. Blood mages are described in more detail here, as are the asirim, the kings, and the gods of this world.

I’m not going to spoil this one for you, and I’m even trying to
Review from Tenacious Reader:

The Shattered Sands trilogy was by far one of my favorite finds of last year. With Blood Upon the Sand continues to deepen the intrigue and entanglements, and displays the harsh desert environment is not the only thing to fear in Sharakhai. It will also take your emotions and bend them to its will, ripping them through fear to excitement, from horror to triumph (or maybe triumph to horror), from sorrow to jealousy, hope, betra
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
There are so many badass moments in this book that must have been so much fun for the author to write -- I imagine him sitting in front of a keyboard laughing maniacally and typing away as he guzzles coffee by the gallon to help keep him going.

The book legit had me on the edge of my seat 90% of the time. If I wasn't freaking out over the risk of our main character, Çeda, getting caught by the people she was spying on, I was whooping and hollering over all the incredibly well done choreographed
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely his best work yet. Looking forward to the next book.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a sequel! I enjoyed With Blood Upon the Sand even more than the first book, and Bradley Beaulieu successfully avoids the dreaded Second Book Syndrome. There’s so much going on in this book, and we learn a lot about the asirim, the Kings, and about Çeda's mother and her motivations. With every answer comes a new question, however, so I’mg glad the series is far from over.

As with the first book, the worldbuilding is one of the best parts. The world is rich and well-developed, and since it isn
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

No sophomore slump here! With Blood Upon the Sand was a fantastic follow up to the very impressive and enchanting Twelve Kings of Sharakhai, which I read earlier this year. I’ve actually had this book hanging around for about 4-5 months now and I just hadn’t had the time to dedicate to this 700 page beast. An accidental purchase of extra Audible credits (woops) led me to pick up the audio version of this book so I could catch up in time for the 2018 release of book 3. I’m very glad thin
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the author/publishers in exchange for an honest review.

In this book Ceda, our protagonist, is continuing her mission to undercover ways of killing the corrupt, powerful and seemingly immortal 12 Kings of Sharkahai. She continues her journey training with the Blood Maidens, while getting closer to the kings and figuring out their weakness.

I enjoyed this book just as much, if not more, as the first in the trilogy. I was able to jump straight back into the world
My review of this one went up on B&N earlier this week!: ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best part of this series, by far, is the mystery and the intrigue of the world that is slowly unveiled in a strategic way and at a perfect pace.
Certainly the best feature by far which is not an easy task to accomplish by any means.

I am also in love with the description of the scenes, locations and combat. It is extremely vivid.

The only aspect that bugs me really is Ceda. Her decisions often make me roll my eyes; the dramatization of her life (which is not easy by any means) is just over 9
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Song of the Shattered Sands is currently one of my favorite series. I have let it be well known that I am a world building junkie and the city of Sharakhai and surrounding area is a living, breathing thing and I revel in it. Beautiful writing, a deep and exciting story and characters you CARE about.

I can't say enough good things about this series or this book, you guys know I don't review things I don't like and I am FAR from an objective reviewer.

Throw this man your money, do yourself a fa
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable, but not nearly as much as the first book. I understand that Bradley is going for a massive series here and needed to create as many plots and subplots as possible to keep it all going, but unfortuantely at times the story became too convoluted at the expense of the characters and flow of the book. What made the first book so intriguing was its wealth of deep characters and simple story that drew you in and this is exactly what the second book sacrifices. Again, it's an enjoyable read, ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2017-favs
I liked the first one, I gave it 4 stars, but this one was WAY better.
Amazing from start to finish (except maybe Davud's story, which I really didn't care of).
Stephen Aryan
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the series set in a rich desert world full of weird and wonderful magic that we've not seen before. Full of creative and interesting ideas, with a city that is richly described without it ever being too much or slowing the pace of the story. Every chapter has time for character development but it also drives the story forward and without spoilers, by the end of this book, the story is in a very different place from where it started. The status quo is constantly changing for al ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And so to one of my most eagerly awaited sequels of recent years. Blood Upon the Sands (aka With Blood Upon the Sand in the US) is the sequel to Twelve Kings (aka Twelve Kings in Sharakhai), one of my Best Fantasy novels in 2015.

And with such a title, so reminiscent of the Weird Tales pulps of the 1930’s and 40’s, you know it’s going to be messy, right?

The book starts at a cracking pace, and this is evident even from the first few pages when there is an assassination attempt made upon a group of
Jonathan Terrington
With Blood Upon the Sand continues to develop the fantasy setting of Sharakhai and its surrounding world. Sharakhai is a mystical and magical city that dominates the sands, yet is a source of conflict and history in the world. The twelve kings who rule it are each responsible for a different aspect of this world. Their responsibilities ranging from managing the cursed zombie-esque creatures who roam the desert, to keeping an eye upon the future. Here, in With Blood Upon the Sand, Çeda trains und ...more
Mark Harrison
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is excellent. Ceda, now in the Maidens guarding the 12 kings, plots to bring them down for killing her mother and wiping out the 13th tribe she was once part of. The saga is very expansive with dozens of great characters. Best read soon after the first book and in long bursts - dipping in and did not work for me given the number of subplots. Really interesting story, superb world building and the magic is clever - but requires thought. Not the easiest read but thoroughly engrossing. Looking ...more
Joey Stettnisch
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as the first, with a better pace to the story. If sailing a vast magical dessert on a sand ship sounds cool to you, pick this bad boy up. Also check out unfettered story collections. This author has one in there where dodzada solves a crazy murder mystery. CSI Shangazi yo, gangster ass story.
Oh man, a true high fantasy with such a large set of characters and an expansive plot with so much going on at all times. It was great to see it all come together, though and I enjoyed every bit of it.
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Bradley P. Beaulieu began writing his first fantasy novel in college, but life eventually intervened. As time went on, though, Brad realized that his love of writing and telling tales wasn't going to just slink quietly into the night. The drive to write came back full force in the early 2000s, at which point Brad dedicated himself to the craft, writing and learning under the guidance of writers li ...more

Other books in the series

The Song of the Shattered Sands (6 books)
  • Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands, #1)
  • A Veil of Spears (The Song of the Shattered Sands, #3)
  • Beneath the Twisted Trees (The Song of the Shattered Sands, #4)
  • When Jackals Storm the Walls (The Song of the Shattered Sands, #5)
  • A Desert Torn Asunder (The Song of the Shattered Sands, #6)

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