Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from 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.