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Beneath the Twisted Trees

(The Song of the Shattered Sands #4)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  623 ratings  ·  66 reviews
The fourth book in The Song of Shattered Sands series—an epic fantasy with a desert setting, filled with rich worldbuilding and pulse-pounding action.

When a battle to eradicate the Thirteenth Tribe goes awry, the kingdoms bordering the desert metropolis of Sharakhai see the city as weak and ripe for conquest. Çeda, now leader of the Shieldwives, a band of skilled desert sw
Paperback, 540 pages
Published July 4th 2019 by Gollancz (first published July 2nd 2019)
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Emmelie Boysen
Jan 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
People. Stop giving books that aren't even out yet one or two stars, you know how much these damn stars means for the sale of books. Wish goodreads would fix this problem already ._.

Deleting review once the book is out.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This series has slowly became one of my favorites, I re-read the series before purchasing this one and realized just how much I loved it. Every book has moments that totally wrap me up in the story and makes me hate the fact that sooner or later they have to end. This book continued with that trend and totally sucked me in from beginning to end.

This series and this book have everything you could want in a fantasy series, an engrossing story, multiple pov's that are all well written, detailed ac
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where to start! The series is still going strong. I had the worst concentration the last few weeks. And that is causing me to remember little, but I damned much enjoyed it during the reading that is for sure!! There was so much going, a lot of traveling and scheming. The surrounding Kings and Queens were getting involved, everyone is so power hungry in this book! Which makes the intrigue so much better cause you don't know who is telling the truth. Because more tribes are involved and a war is b ...more
Nicole H.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book left me breathless. <3 I have so much love for it and this series. <3 Because it hasn't been released yet, I'll be brief and try not to mention any spoilers.

NOTE: You need to start from the beginning. This is book four and you will be lost if you're not already familiar with the world, etc.

Things that I liked:
(1) The world-building was so in-depth that I felt like I could actually see a movie playing in my mind as I read along. You know that sh** takes some skill, so props to the au
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review is here, on my blog!~

Oh Çeda. You get into the most amazing shenanigans. Better and better ones as this series goes.

Okay, so, since this is book four, I’m going to do my level best to avoid spoilers.

Çeda and her Shieldwives are intent on freeing Sehid-Alaz, the king of the cursed asirim, from the clutches of the Kings of Sharakhai. Meanwhile, the kingdoms surrounding Sharakhai are taking the opportunity to try and conquer the city, and everyone is caught up in the chaos. Dun Dun Dunn
Kayla (krakentoagoodbook)
Yep, I continue to love this series.
Sarah Wynker
Jul 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
The author ruined his series because I guess he wanted more diversity or his book to be labelled queer, sacrificing story logic and creating a gross relationship between two beloved characters. I do hope that Beaulieu and his editors correct the error they have made in this instalment in Book 5. But honestly, did no beta readers/ editor see how wrong an idea the change made were?

Update 08/07

Just for clarification, when I said that Ceda and Sumeya are related, I wasn't joking. The big reveal of b
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series is becoming one of my favorites
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, Beneath the Twisted Trees suffered a bit with a slow pace. The plot seemed too drawn out and I felt like the book could have been a lot shorter. The characters are presented with a lot of obstacles but to me, it didn't feel like the obstacles were a big deal. They managed to conquer them with relative ease.

That isn't to say there isn't a lot of sacrifice made in the fourth novel in The Song of the Shattered Sands series - there is. However, they didn't really have an impact on me
Aug 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
DNF @ Chapter 15. I was looking forward to reading this book for a long time. Book 1 was okayish, Book 2 got really good and then book 3 was where all the story started making sense.

But this book is nothing like the previous 3.

Firstly forget continuity, a few chapters in you would be questioning if its the same story as the previous 3 books then you would see characters falling in love and romance and you would ask yourself where did this come from? Why wasn't it in the previous books.

The pac
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
*copy from the publisher in exchange for a review*

Beneath the Twisted Trees is the fourth in Bradley P. Beaulieu’s The Song of the Shattered Sands series. It’s filled with the intricate world-building, the emotional depth, the detailed characterisation we’ve come to expect; all of that wrapped up in a plot which has a constant roiling boil of tension, punctuated by explosive revelation, the narrative ground shifting underneath the reader’s feet. It is, in short, rather good. If you’re here after
4.5 / 5 ✪

Beneath the Twisted Trees is the 4th Shattered Sands book, a series that began with Twelve Kings in Sharakai. That was one of my favorite books ever, and I’ve really enjoyed the journey thus far. I’m happy to say that Twisted Trees continues the trend, rather than upsetting it. Though, this installment is a departure of sorts from the previous books of the series as the Kings no longer take center stage. I mean, they’re still involved, and Çeda’s main goal is still to bring them down, b
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2019-reads
The Song of Shattered Sands is quietly becoming one of my favorite fantasy series. On a whim, I picked up the first book of the series when it was showcased at my local library and I haven't looked back. In this installment, we see more world building and the advancement of all the major characters. I especially love how we got to see more of the desert in this installment. I also enjoyed some of the political intrigue in this book. Truly another fun read in the series, and I can't wait for the ...more
Paige Ashby
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Aren Jackson
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.75/5 stars This book was that good. Well done yet again, Mr. Beaulieu! I can't wait to continue this series.
Catrin Burgess
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: coming-soon
After the last third of the book it earns 4.5⭐️

A lot to wrap my head around in this one!
Patrick St-Denis
You probably remember that it took everything I had just to go through Twelve Kings in Sharakhai a few years back. Which was mostly due to the fact that the book featured nothing that made Beaulieu's first trilogy such a memorable work of fantasy. Indeed, I gave each installment of Bradley P. Beaulieu's The Lays of Anuskaya a glowing review, claiming that it was one of the most engrossing fantasy series I had read in many a year. Dark, ambitious, complex, and populated with a great cast of chara ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#review of Beneath the Twisted Trees by Bradley P Beaulieu

D desert is now open fr conquest, d rumours of kings falling weak has reached Sharakhai’s enemies n they r at its borders, eager fr a war to claim d desert jewel fr themselves. D tribes r gathering, just as they had 400 yrs ago. Ceda’s mission has picked up speed, so has Emre’s, so has Meryam’s, so has Davud’s but nt all of der interests align wid d truth. Now, d gods have started taking interest in Ceda. D age of kings is under threat, s
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This book was executed in an extremely satisfying way. The PoVs were thoughtfully done. Characters from previous books that I didn't particularly care for in previous books shined unexpectedly and became my favourites, especially Hamzakiir, Brama, Rümayesh, Fezek and Anila who were handled very well. I think that over the course of the series, Beaulieu has improved a lot as an author and it is rare nowadays to see someone who can write an ending which is compelling.

(Although I never really like
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was very good. I was waiting for it to come out and read it in just a couple days. It feels even more fast-paced than the previous two. Things in the desert have devolved into complete chaos, with many different competing factions, and individuals scheming against each other within those factions. It feels very much like most of the characters are being dragged along by events, unable to exercise anything more than the barest amount of control over their direction.

Cheda, of course, is
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars ⭐️
‘Beneath the Twisted Trees’ is Book 4, and another satisfying instalment in the Song of Shattered Sands. Çeda is growing into her leadership role amongst the thirteenth tribe, and she has vowed to see the asirim freed from the Kings’ control. Hers is not the only thread woven throughout this tale, with chapter POVs from a multitude of characters; Emre, Brama, Davud, Ramahd and more. King Ihsan provided another interesting perspective, his chapters were a highlight for me.

The desert
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-books
For the first half of the book, this book felt much slower than the others. There are so many different perspectives by this point that it jumps around a lot and as soon as one storyline finally starts to pick up it switches to another and takes a couple chapters to get back to it. And the frustrating thing is that other perspectives tell how previous storylines ended without ever letting us see it. So, Ceda is fighting in the desert, and then we see the kings meeting saying she got away and cer ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could rate this book even more stars! The song of the shattered sands has become my favourite series, originally just wanting to know more about Ceda, I have come to love all of the characters from some of those damn Kings, to the mysterious Esmeray (not so much Meryam ;)!).

Waiting in earnest for the next book to arrive in April, I may have to take up my time by re-reading these tomes as how could one get bored of such action and adventure?!

Brilliantly written in a way you cannot put
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love, love, love that we get a brief recap at the bringing of each book by this author! As much as a I love some series, it can be a pain in the ass to re-read or stumble along trying to remember where all the characters left off. We also get gentle reminders about certain events and characters we haven’t seen in awhile. A+ for that Bradley!!

This book haunts right along! None of these books feel like separate entities, it’s all one long continuation of a story.

I still think Emre is annoying a
Finn Danger
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, I found myself skipping huge parts of this book due to absolute boredom. About 1/3 I did not read. Any chapter about side character ... I can't even remember his name. Brannan? I immediately pawed over to the next chapter. I honestly don't think I lost anything for it.

Ceda's story continues to draw me in, though. Every chapter based around her, the Kings, or the asirim are enticing and draw you right in. There's no doubt that the core of the story is fantastic. But the filler cha
Gregg Buford
I didn't read the previous book to refresh my memory of the story and that is something I usually do. I don't remember to much from the previous books but the more I read the story I did remember the bit and pieces that brought stands to points in the current story. Plots within plots and the power struggles continue. Ceda is still the best character in the series I think. The magic system seems to be getting more depth to it some sense for me as well. So many characters and things happening it' ...more
Ian Mathers
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I'm kind of glad that the series I'm most stuck into these days that's a classic big sprawling wide-screen fantasy epic with a cast of dozens and lots of weird magic and political intrigue and bloody combat etc., is at least set in a different type of setting than nearly all of the series like that I read as a kid. Here it just keeps chugging along, but it feels like we're getting somewhere, and not just because we're steadily running out of Kings. And of course, with this kind of book, the chug ...more
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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)
  • With Blood Upon the Sand (The Song of the Shattered Sands #2)
  • A Veil of Spears (The Song of the Shattered Sands, #3)
  • 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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