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This book kept coming up as a recommendation and I read some good things about it. I got the free sample from Kindle and was hooked. I bought the book and could not put it down. Great storytelling, outstanding worldbuilding, and awesome characters. I have to say the Kettral are genius, highly trained warriors riding on giant birds of prey! That’s about as awesome as awesome gets. I cannot say enough good things about this fantasy debut. Mr. Staveley has definitely got a great new fantasy series on his hands. Do yourself a favor and check this book out. I have pre-ordered the second book, The Providence of Fire and I am going crazy waiting to read it.

Check out both books in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne out now from Tor Books!

4/5 Stars

 

(3-18-15)

 

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About the book:

The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Book 1) by Brian Staveley

Book one in an epic fantasy of intrigue and empire, for fans of George R. R. Martin and Douglas Hulick.
The circle is closing. The stakes are high. And old truths will live again . . .
The Emperor has been murdered, leaving the Annurian Empire in turmoil. Now his progeny must bury their grief and prepare to unmask a conspiracy.
His son Valyn, training for the empire’s deadliest fighting force, hears the news an ocean away. He expected a challenge, but after several ‘accidents’ and a dying soldier’s warning, he realizes his life is also in danger. Yet before Valyn can take action, he must survive the mercenaries’ brutal final initiation.
Meanwhile, the Emperor’s daughter, Minister Adare, hunts her father’s murderer in the capital itself. Court politics can be fatal, but she needs justice. And Kaden, heir to an empire, studies in a remote monastery. Here, the Blank God’s disciples teach their harsh ways – which Kaden must master to unlock their ancient powers. When an imperial delegation arrives, he’s learnt enough to perceive evil intent. But will this keep him alive, as long-hidden powers make their move?

 

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About the author:

I live on a long dirt road in rural Vermont, where I divide my time between writing, baby-wrangling, running trails, trying to play the banjo, and various home repairs that multiply at a truly astounding rate.

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