After reading Of Sand & Malice Made , I knew I wanted to read some more of Bradley Beaulieu’s writing as soon as I got the chance. Luckily for me, Gollancz got in touch just before Christmas and offered to send me a copy of Blood Upon the Sand so that I could review it.
As with Of Sand & Malice Made, I was struck by how creative this epic fantasy is. It is packed full of action, drama and fascinating magic. The world that Beaulieu has created is truly phenomenal. You can tell just how much thought and care has gone into the world building.
I also love the character of Çeda so very, very much. She is fierce and vulnerable in the most wonderful of ways. I can’t wait to see where the rest of the series takes her. However that does bring me to the part of Blood Upon the Sand that I didn’t enjoy so much which were the romance subplots. A lot of them felt a little forced and uncomfortable and kind of detracted from the parts of the novel that I did really like. I found myself skipping over them a lot because they just didn’t do anything for me. I hope in the next book, there is a lot more focus on the action and magic side of With Blood on the Sand or that any romances that do feature in it seem a lot more organic.
Even with that being said, I did enjoy this book and would recommend it ( you wouldn’t be seeing it on This Northern Gal if I didn’t). It is gritty and magical and full of bad ass characters that I love!