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Beneath the Twisted Trees

(The Song of the Shattered Sands #4)

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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  14 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 s
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Kindle Edition, 608 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by DAW
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Emmelie Boysen
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.
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
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Kristen
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sarah (A French Girl)
Update 08/07

Just for clarification, when I said that Ceda and Sumeya are related, I wasn't joking. The big reveal of book 3 was that Husamettin is Ceda's father. And guess who's father Husametting also is? Yes, you've guessed right Sumeya's. I mean, we have literal incest. I don't how the beta readers, editor, and author thought this pairing was a good idea.

I'm honestly disappointed. Beneath the Twisted Trees was my most expected read of 2019 and while the writing is still good, some things are
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Chris
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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
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Will
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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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
Will
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 / 5 ✪

Twisted Trees 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, but the focus in Twisted Trees goes instead to Sharakai.

War has come to the desert.

Brama, Emre and none too few of the Kings find their destinies caught up in the battle for the Amber Jewel. Emre heads the delegation from the Thirteenth Tribe—first in an attempt to reunite the other twelve
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Sky
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Paige Ashby
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Braxiatel
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Frank Merwin
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolute pleasure to read

One of the best books I’ve read in a while and the best of the series to date. Much of this due to the story and world building from the first three books. All the various subplots and story lines were intricately woven together with plenty unexpected turns.
Tessa
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Review to come...
Garrett Olinde
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The series is moving on quite well. There were too many story lines at the start, but as the cast was pared down and the others joined up, the story began to move at a good pace.
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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)