MINI MONDAY: Twelve Kings by Bradley Beaulieu

I love the UK cover of this book, but I’ll be honest, I never would have picked this book up in Canada, simply because the cover is so outdated, and the summary not particularly engaging. However, as I was standing in Waterstones in London, desperately searching an unfamiliar bookstore for a book to read on the 8 hour flight home, the cover caught my eye and I went with it. And I am glad that I did, because it was certainly an engaging read. It is not, however, the type of read you’ll want to be swallowing in one sitting (i.e. not necessarily a great plan book), due to the complexity and sheer size of the story.

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.

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Back to School Reading List

With school quickly approaching (sigh), I’ve been reeling in quite the impressive book haul to build my TBR stack before I head back to university and no longer have access to a car to go to the bookstore on a regular basis. Plus, school and work take up a LOT of time, so time to go peruse the bookstore is going to become a rarity.

Despite this, I am really excited for September, because the upcoming book releases are FANTASTIC! The wait is finally over for another Throne of Glass book, Jay Kristoff and Sabaa Tahir’s much anticipated books have finally hit shelves, and the later half of the month is simply littered with exciting book releases!

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Books currently on my TBR for September include:

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In addition, some books I am really looking forward to will be releasing in late September. I’m hoping I have the time to read them, but chances are they’ll be making a reappearance on my October TBR:

What’s on your Back to School Reading List?