A Veil of Spears / Bradley Beaulieu

Title / A Veil of Spears
Author / Bradley Beaulieu
Publication Date / March 2018
Genre / Fantasy
Series or standalone / Series
Page no. / 592
Star Rating / ★★★★
This is the third book in the Song of the Shattered Sands series. It resumes the story straight after the events of the second book, With Blood Upon the Sand. Once again the reader is dropped straight into the story, with no reminders of what has happened in previous books. Having loved the first two books of this series, I had high hopes for this sequel and I’m happy to report it didn’t disappoint. I would definitely recommend rereading the second book before reading this, if it’s been awhile since you read it as it will make it easier to get into the flow of the plot. I would also recommend reading the novella, Of Sand and Malice, as it gives more insight. As this is a sequel, I will not be going into details about the plot.

 

This was a fantastic sequel. As I mentioned earlier, it starts off soon after the events of the second book and puts you straight back into the action. I will admit that it did take me a little while to settle into the flow of the story, but that was entirely my fault because I didn’t reread book 2 and I really should have. It took me a while to remember all the characters and the events of the previous book, but after a couple of chapters I was once again hooked with story. I loved the direction of the plot and Beaulieu did a fantastic job at weaving all the plot threads together to create a compelling book. There are many twists and turns, which make it even more entertaining to read. The pacing is even throughout with a great mix of action and slower scenes. As with previous books in the series, this sequel is split into multiple perspectives. Each one is distinctive in voice and each chapter is as enjoyable to read as the last. Personally I enjoyed Çeda’s chapters the most but all of the perspectives are fantastic. Speaking of characters, their development in this book was so well done. All of the characters are complex and flawed with great back stories. I loved being back with these characters and I cannot wait to see where things will take them in the rest of the series. One of the main strength of this series is the world, and I loved being able to explore it more in this book. This is one of the most unique fantasy world I’ve read and it’s one of my favourite things about this series. Beaulieu does a wonderful job at expanding on what we already know of the world and the magic.

 

Overall this was a fantastic book. It was such a great continuation from the second book and a wonderful setup for the fourth book. In my opinion, this series just keeps getting better and I cannot recommend it highly enough. The fourth book, Beneath the Twisted Tree, is set to be released in April 2019. Have you read this book? I’d love to know what you thought. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

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