Calling All Reviewers: An Open Call for Twelve Kings in Sharakhai
The publishing machine is officially gearing up for Twelve Kings in Sharakhai. Advanced Reading Copies will be available in the next few months. I’ve reached out to the reviewers that I’ve come to know from my past works, and some have reached out to me, but there are some review sites out there that I’m not yet acquainted with. This post is for you.
I’m immensely proud of Twelve Kings, and I’d like to get it into as many hands as I can. So if you’re a reviewer and would like to take an early look at Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, please reach me via my contact page to request one. Let me know your preference for print or ebook via NetGalley. I can’t promise print books for everyone who wants one, but I’ll do my best.
So what is Twelve Kings in Sharakhai?
- It features a female protagonist named Çeda as its lead
- Çeda is a pit fighter that discovers riddles hidden by her mother, who was killed years ago by the twelve immortal Kings of Sharakhai
- It’s set in an Arabian Nights-styled world, but has more of a Game of Thrones feel to it
- It has flashbacks of the younger Çeda, similar to the young Locke in The Lies of Locke Lamora
Here’s the blurb for the book:
In Sharakhai’s cramped west end, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape a living. Like so many in the city, she prays for the downfall of the twelve immortal Kings, but the very thought of a lone woman putting an end to their cruel ways feels ludicrous. This all changes when she defies Kings’ law to go out on Beht Zha’ir, the holy night when all are forbidden from walking the streets. It’s the night the asirim—the powerful, undying remnants of heroes that have long protected the Kings—wander the city and take tribute. That night, one of the asirim, a pitiful vestige of a man wearing rags and a golden crown, stops Çeda and whispers long-forgotten words in her ear. Çeda has heard those words before, in a book left to her by her mother, and it is through that one peculiar link that she begins to unwind the hidden riddles of her heritage.
As Çeda digs deeper into the origins of the asirim, she realizes that understanding the Kings’ pact with the desert gods, the dark bargain that created the asirim long ago, may provide a way of breaking the iron grip the Kings have had over Sharakhai once and for all. And yet the Kings are no fools—they’ve ruled the desert for four hundred years for good reason, and they have not been idle. As Çeda unearths more of their past, and the Kings come closer to unmasking her, Çeda must decide if she’s ready to face them.
You can see the rough cover design below (a mock-up only and not yet final).