Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu

A gladiator with a tragic backstory and a need for revenge. CURVED SWORDS. Twelve kings with twelve dozen Blade Maidens. Faux-Arabia, a woman taking advantage of her face-veil, and spicy food. TWO FULL MOONS MEAN IT’S A KILLING NIGHT. Drugs that enhance energy but don’t cause addiction. Illegal, though. SHIPS THAT SAIL OVER THE SAND. … More Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemison

The King brought his grand-daughter Yeine to the palace after his disowned daughter died.  She is now in competition with her aunt and uncle for inheritance of the Kingdom, the palace, and the killing devices. What are the odds the pretty princess is going to die real soon? Small, because she’s the view-point character – … More The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemison