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The Emperor's Blades

By Brian Staveley
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Publisher Description

In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

Kaden, the heir to the Unhewn Throne, has spent eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, learning the enigmatic discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. Their rituals hold the key to an ancient power he must master before it's too late.

An ocean away, Valyn endures the brutal training of the Kettral, elite soldiers who fly into battle on gigantic black hawks. But before he can set out to save Kaden, Valyn must survive one horrific final test.

At the heart of the empire, Minister Adare, elevated to her station by one of the emperor's final acts, is determined to prove herself to her people. But Adare also believes she knows who murdered her father, and she will stop at nothing—and risk everything—to see that justice is meted out.

Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne
The Emperor's Blades
The Providence of Fire
The Last Mortal Bond

Other books in the world of the Unhewn Throne
Skullsworn (forthcoming)

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

138 Reviews

“3.75 Okay, followed this book up after reading the prequel. And once again had to sit on it for a bit to decide what I think. On the one hand, there were parts that I couldn’t wait to turn the page and had to keep going. On the other hand, for a <500 page book it felt like 1000 pages. It took me a long time to read and to get through and I kept wanting to be finished. I enjoyed the characters, but struggled with getting to the point of what was going on. It got exciting once I finally connected the prequel to the first book - but that was very far into the book. I feel invested enough that I will likely finish this series; but not so invested that I’m not immediately running to read the next book. Overall it was interesting fantasy with a unique magical world.”
“Good Good Good. A bit dark, but the violence against women is minimal, although there are allusions to sexual assault at times. One of the perspectives is a bit more boring than the others but I’ll let you figure that out on your own lmao. Read it!”
“4.5 stars I had a lot of fun with this book. There were different characters and mysteries that had me hooked. There were some points that had me like come on people it is obvious but those were few and far between the other sections of the plot.”

About Brian Staveley

BRIAN STAVELEY has taught literature, religion, history, and philosophy, and holds an MA in poetry from Boston University. His books, which have been translated into over a dozen languages, include The Empire's Ruin, The Emperor's Blades, The Providence of Fire, The Last Mortal Bond, and Skullsworn. He lives in Vermont and divides his time between running trails, splitting wood, writing, and chasing his son downhill on a mountain bike.

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