A Veil of Spears

A Veil of Spears is the third book in The Song of the Shattered Sands.

The Night of Endless Swords was a bloody battle that saw the death of one of Sharakhai’s immortal kings. When former pit fighter Çeda narrowly escapes the battle and flees into the desert, she takes with her the secrets she learned while posing as a Blade Maiden, one of the elite women warriors who protect the kings. Foremost among these is the revelation that the asirim, the kings’ frightening immortal slaves, are in fact Çeda’s own ancestors. They are survivors of the fabled thirteenth tribe, men and women whose lives were bargained away so that the kings could secure their wondrous powers from the desert gods.

To Çeda’s great joy, the scattered survivors of the thirteenth tribe are gathering in the desert, forming a new tribe from the descendants of the few who escaped the kings’ cruelties. Their very existence is threatened, however, both by Onur, the King of Spears, who is calling warriors to his banner to challenge the other kings’ rule, and by the other Sharakhani Kings, who will stop at nothing to see the thirteenth tribe destroyed once and for all.

In desperation, Çeda returns to Sharakhai, hoping to break the chains of the enslaved asirim and save her people.

In the city, Çeda soon discovers that the once-unified front of the kings is crumbling. Feeling their power slipping away, the kings vie for control over the city and the desert beyond. Çeda plans to use that to her advantage, but who can she trust? Any of them might betray her as easily as they betray their fellow kings.

As Çeda works to free the asirim and rally them to the defense of the thirteenth tribe, the Kings of Sharakhai prepare for a grand clash that may decide the fate of all.