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
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Great book, but schizophrenic
I really enjoyed reading this book… It was nice to get a different perspective on magic and some interesting ideas about military life and monkhood.
The only thing I did not like about this book is the constant change in perspectives. While sometimes changing perspectives is good… It was done every other chapter and you would really be enjoying one characters story and then all of a sudden he would go to a different character.
Good book for fantasy fans
Enjoyed this book. Great first effort by the author. Hoping one of the characters on the next installment learns some new skills.
I rarely give a book 5 stars. I loved this book from start to finish! Can’t wait to read the next ones.