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“The Tattered Prince and the Demon Veiled” by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Unlike the other stories Bradley P. Beaulieu has written in his Song of the Shattered Sands universe, The Tattered Prince and the Demon Veiled is a direct sequel to one of his previous novellas. Tattered Prince centers on a side character from Of Sand and Malice Made. In that story, Brama fell afoul of a malevolent creature called an ehrekh. Now, he holds the gem in which that ehrekh’s spirit has been trapped. It tempts him with power, trying to convince him to set it free. So far, he has resisted its siren song…but when he becomes enmeshed in a game of international intrigue, his resolve is sorely tested.

For whatever reason, this novella felt slighter to me than some of the others Beaulieu has written. I didn’t become as emotionally invested in the plight of the siblings Brama pledges to help as I have been with Ҫeda and Emre from the main storyline or Leorah from The Doors at Dusk and Dawn. That said, I liked Brama and hope he reappears in the main sequence of novels.

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