DNF Review: Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled twelve kingsfrom time immemorial by twelve kings — cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule.

Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings’ laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha’ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings’ mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings’ power…if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don’t find her first.

DNF at 61%.

I gotta admit it – this book has been sitting on my Kindle untouched for way too long. I started reading it back in August 19 I believe.  And I won’t pick it up again.

It is just dragging so much!

There’s nothing really wrong with the main character. Ceda is cool, but even she can’t keep my attention.

The world is alright, but not enough is done in it. Those books are long. Like 500-600 pages long and it only just felt like we’re getting close to the story actually starting. It’s been a 60% long introduction that might not even be over yet.

Also, we get lots of flashback chapters and even though I don’t always dislike them, it interrupts my reading in this case.

The second main character and Ceda’s potential love interest, whose name I forgot already, was boring af and I dreaded his chapters.

So, no. It had some potential and wasn’t a bad idea. But the execution didn’t convince me and I will leave it at that.


  1. I am afraid that more and more authors are dragging their stories out instead of writing tightly and concisely. And not actually writing trilogies or series but one huge expanded story line. Bloat, bloat, bloat.

    Where’s the literary equivalent of pepto-bismal when you need it?

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  2. This first book in the series was a success with me and I still remember it fondly, but with the two following installment it seemed to me that the author was adding too many complications for my tastes, and even though I still feel curious about the story, I have so far not felt the urge of picking up the newest volume…

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