Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by DAW
Twelve Kings in Sharakhai is a story set in a powerful desert city that controls the flow of trade and spice through otherwise impassable terrain.
It’s a story about Çeda, a woman who fights in the pits to scrape a living from the cruel but beautiful city she calls home. As the story opens, she discovers that the book her mother left her before she died holds the clues to the unraveling the mystery of her mother’s death, which was tangled up in the story of the Twelve Kings of Sharakhai, men who have ruled the desert with an iron fist for nearly two hundred years.
As Çeda begins to unlock the secrets hidden within the poems in the book—as well as what her mother was trying to do before she died—the Kings learn of her, and they will stop at nothing to keep those secrets buried in the desert where they belong. And so the chase is on. Çeda must unlock the hidden riddles of her mother’s book before the Kings find her. She had better hope she does, for she is the last hope for the people of the desert.
There are echoes of both A Thousand and One Nights and Thieves’ World. I'm very much looking forward to getting the first of this new series out and into readers' hands.
While I somehow missed the bandwagon for The Lays of Anuskaya (it's still on my must-read shelf, I promise!), Bradley contacted me back in March to see if I'd be interested in getting on the review list for this. Not sure when we'll see the review copies arrive, but I'm definitely looking forward to it.