The Flames of Shadam Khoreh (The Lays of Anuskaya)


Title Page


Also by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Praise for Bradley P. Beaulieu


Map of The Grand Duchy of Anuskaya

Map of The Duchy of Khalakovo

Map of The Duchy of Vostroma

Map of Galahesh

Map of The Empire of Yrstanla

Summary of The Winds of Khalakovo

Summary of The Straits of Galahesh

Dramatis Personae


Part I

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-One

Chapter Twenty-Two

Chapter Twenty-Three

Chapter Twenty-Four

Chapter Twenty-Five

Chapter Twenty-Six

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Chapter Twenty-Eight

Chapter Twenty-Nine

Chapter Thirty

Chapter Thirty-One

Chapter Thirty-Two

Chapter Thirty-Three

Chapter Thirty-Four

Chapter Thirty-Five

Chapter Thirty-Six

Chapter Thirty-Seven

Part II

Chapter Thirty-Eight

Chapter Thirty-Nine

Chapter Forty

Chapter Forty-One

Chapter Forty-Two

Chapter Forty-Three

Chapter Forty-Four

Chapter Forty-Five

Chapter Forty-Six

Chapter Forty-Seven

Chapter Forty-Eight

Chapter Forty-Nine

Chapter Fifty

Chapter Fifty-One

Chapter Fifty-Two

Chapter Fifty-Three

Chapter Fifty-Four

Chapter Fifty-Five

Chapter Fifty-Six

Chapter Fifty-Seven

Chapter Fifty-Eight

Chapter Fifty-Nine

Chapter Sixty

Chapter Sixty-One

Chapter Sixty-Two

Chapter Sixty-Three

Chapter Sixty-Four

Chapter Sixty-Five

Chapter Sixty-Six

Chapter Sixty-Seven

Chapter Sixty-Eight

Chapter Sixty-Nine

Chapter Seventy





Kickstarter Acknowledgements

About the Author

The Winds of Khalakovo

The Straits of Galahesh

Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten


The Flames of Shadam Khoreh
© 2013 by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Cover art by Aaron J. Riley
© 2013

Cover design by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Interior art by Evgeni Maloshenkov © 2013

Maps by William McAusland

Author photo by Joanne M. Beaulieu

Edited by Ross E. Lockhart

All rights reserved.

All characters and events in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is strictly coincidental. The scanning, uploading and distribution of this book via the Internet or any other means without the permission of the publisher is illegal, and punishable by law. Please purchase only authorized electronic editions, and do not participate in or encourage the electronic piracy of copyrighted materials. Your support of the author’s rights is appreciated.

First Edition

978-1-93964-906-5 (pbk.)

978-1-93964-907-2 (epub)

978-1-93964-908-9 (Kindle)

Visit the author on the web at

Also by Bradley P. Beaulieu

The Lays of Anuskaya

The Winds of Khalakovo

The Straits of Galahesh

The Flames of Shadam Khoreh

Short Story Collections

Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories


(with Stephen Gaskell)

Forthcoming in 2014 from DAW Books

The Song of the Shattered Sands

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai

The Inverted Thorn

The Thirteenth Tribe

Praise for
The Winds of Khalakovo

“Well worth exploring… Beaulieu [depicts] a strange culture [with] a remarkable fantasy/magical reality feel.”

Glen Cook
, bestselling author of The Black Company

“Overlaid with the rich feel of Cyrillic culture, Beaulieu’s debut introduces a fascinating world of archipelagic realms and shamanic magic worked primarily by women. Verdict: Strong characters and a plot filled with tension and difficult choices make this a good option for fantasy fans.”

Library Journal

“Sailing ships of the sky! Bradley P. Beaulieu’s
The Winds of Khalakovo
is an energetic, swashbuckling novel with a distinctive flavor, a lush setting, and a plot filled with adventure, interesting characters, and intrigue. Exactly the kind of fantasy I like to read.”

Kevin J. Anderson
New York Times
bestselling author of The Saga of Seven Suns

“Elegantly crafted, refreshingly creative,
The Winds of Khalakovo
offers a compelling tale of men and women fighting to protect their world. Politics, faith, betrayal, sacrifice, and of course supernatural mystery—it’s all there, seamlessly combined in a tale driven by intelligent and passionate characters whose relationships and goals a reader can really care about. A great read!”

C. S. Friedman
, bestselling author of the Coldfire and Magister trilogies

“A page-turner with twists, turns and palpable danger...”

Paul Genesse
, author of
The Golden Cord

The Winds of Khalakovo
Beaulieu navigates through a web of complex characters... dukes, duchesses, lovers, and more, while building a rich and intricate world thick with intrigue. He plots the course of Nikandr Iaroslov Khalakovo, a prince laden with disease and courtly responsibilities, and deftly brings the tale to a satisfying end that leaves the reader hungry for the next installment. Beaulieu is a writer that bears watching. I look forward to his next novel.”

Jean Rabe
USA Today
bestselling fantasy author

“Bradley P. Beaulieu is a welcome addition to the roster of new fantasy novelists.
The Winds of Khalakovo
is a sharp and original fantasy full of action, intrigue, romance, politics, mystery and magick, tons of magick. The boldly imagined new world and sharply drawn characters will pull you into
The Winds of Khalakovo
and won’t let you go until the last page.”

Michael A. Stackpole
, bestselling author of
I, Jedi
At the Queen’s Command

Praise for
The Straits of Galahesh

“Dark, ambitious, complex, populated with a great cast of characters that leap off the pages,
The Straits of Galahesh
is just what the doctor ordered if you are looking for a quality read that’s different from everything else on the market today.
The Winds of Khalakovo
turned out to be one of the very best SFF works of 2011. Somehow, Bradley P. Beaulieu has raised the bar even higher for this sequel, making
The Straits of Galahesh
a ‘must read’ speculative fiction title for 2012.”

Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist

“If you’re the kind of reader who enjoys Steven Erikson’s approach of throwing readers into a setting without too much guidance and letting the story do the job of explaining the details as it progresses, you should have a great time getting to know this fantasy universe. While that happens, you’ll be treated to healthy doses of feudal and international politics, strong characters, unique magic, romance, spectacular battles on land and in the air, and a story that continues to broaden in scope. The Lays of Anuskaya is shaping up to be a fine fantasy trilogy.”

“Beaulieu presents a [...] vividly realized tale of heroes torn between duty and love.”

Publishers Weekly

“In the title to this review, I called 
The Straits of Galahesh
 a Russian Bear of a novel. Like
The Winds of Khalakovo
, this is a thick, dense secondary world fantasy that requires a full engagement from the reader to really get the best enjoyment out of. And yes, given the stakes, and the scope of the novel, this is definitely epic fantasy.”

The Functional Nerds

“If you read
The Winds of Khalakovo
, then you will want to read
The Straits of Galahesh
. If you haven’t, then buy and read them both. This one is full of excitement, suspense, and betrayal. Lots of betrayal, some intentional, some not. I’ve read a great deal of fantasy in the last year, and almost all of it was good to great.
The Straits of Galahesh
was one of the best.”

Adventures Fantastic

“Reading Bradley P. Beaulieu’s The Lays of Anuskaya series is like traveling through grand undiscovered country, being in a place that is familiar enough to understand and different enough to amaze. [...]
The Straits of Galahesh
continues the breakneck pace of a fight for an entire world, touched by passion, love, and loyalty. As a reader, almost every chapter added to my sense of wonder and realization. I can’t recommend this fabulous fantasy series highly enough. Read it.”

Brenda Cooper
, author of
The Creative Fire
Mayan December

The Straits of Galahesh
, Beaulieu returns to the vibrant fantasy he introduced in
The Winds of Khalakovo
. A gritty book packed with big ideas and Byzantine politics, and inhabited by compellingly flawed heroes,
is the sort of fully realized epic one can sink into for days. It sings with action, magic, and heart—the perfect second act in a brilliant series.”

Rob Ziegler
, author of

Other books

Titanic by Tom Bradman
The Other Normals by Vizzini, Ned
All Together in One Place by Jane Kirkpatrick
Repairman Jack [05]-Hosts by F. Paul Wilson
Legacy of a Spy by Henry S. Maxfield
Caching In by Kristin Butcher
Severed Key by Nielsen, Helen