Of Sand and Malice Made
A Shattered Sands Novel
By Bradley P. Beaulieu
Çeda is the youngest pit fighter in the history of Sharakhai. She’s made her name in the arena as the fearsome White Wolf. None but her closest friends and allies know her true identity. But this all changes when she crosses the path of Rümayesh, an ehrekh, a sadistic creature forged aeons ago by the god of chaos.
The ehrekh are desert dwellers, but for centuries Rümayesh has lurked in the dark corners of Sharakhai, combing the populace for jewels that might interest her. Some she chooses to stand by her side, until she tires of them and discards them. Others she abducts to examine more closely, a thing that leaves them ruined, worn-out husks.
Çeda flees the ehrekh’s attentions, but that only makes Rümayesh covet her even more. Rümayesh grows violent. She threatens to unmask Çeda as the White Wolf, but the danger grows infinitely worse when she turns her attention to Çeda’s friends. Çeda is horrified. She’s seen firsthand the suffering left in Rümayesh’s wake.
As Çeda fights to protect the people dearest to her, Rümayesh comes closer to attaining her prize and the struggle becomes a battle for Çeda’s very soul.
This is a great story set in a fascinating fantasy world. Expanding some of the mythology of the main novels, this novella is a rip-roaring yarn full of action, adventure, mystery and magic.
Give me more!
Luckily there are (currently) 4 novels available in The Song of the Shattered Sands series, and 4 novellas.
Fans of Michelle West, Peter V. Brett and Brandon Sanderson will love this story and this series.
I’m moving into this series with a vengeance!