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Review: Chronicle of The Unhewn Throne by Brian Staveley

By / April 18, 2016 / no comments

Chronicle of The Unhewn Throne is a trilogy by Brian Staveley. It comprises of The Emperor’s Blades, The Providence of Fire and The Last Mortal Bond, the last of which just came out in March.

thronesThe trilogy begins with an assassination of an Emperor (like many books do) and the catastrophe the happens afterwards. The Emperor Sanlitun had sent his two sons, Kaden and Valyn away to educate themselves to strengthen the empire, while his Daughter Adare stayed behind, using her intelligent to serve the empire. Kaden the oldest is training to be a ‘Monk’ and learning how to empty his mind, an ability called the Vaniate, but how this will serve the empire, Kaden has no idea. Valyn is training to become Kettrel, a special forces op that rides on giant birds (think Eagles from LOTR). When the emperor is killed an Assassination attempt to kill both his son’s also takes place. Chaos ensues across the empire and Adare back in the Palace has to piece things together and solve her Father’s murder.

While nothing seems out of the ordinary, Staveley does an amazing job with Characterisation and story telling to make you keep turning the pages. Every plot is intricate and as the story evolves, so do the characters and their actions and fears are transferred to you.

 

51FjXpqqG1L._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_One of the best bits that I loved about the story is how Staveley keeps it real (going by the laws dictated by Staveley in his worlds). I liked how communication is bad between “cities” and that it takes a long time. A lot of decisions are based off time has elapsed and communication has broken down. I think a lot of other fantasy books ignores this aspect of their worlds. Everyone seems to know what every body is doing all the time. Someone like GRRM has Ravens and Crows but still, to me, information is delivered too easily.

The third book is definitely the weakest of the three, which is a shame, but what it does do, is wrap up the series to a satisfactory ending. It’s by no means a weak book, but the first two were just so damn good.

For readers like me who had to wait for the books, I’m pleased that Staveley kept up the pace and wrote one every year. I highly recommend this series and can’t wait until he writes something new.

About the author

Jon Snow

Believe it or not, Jon Snow really got into reading only after reading A Game of Thrones back in 2002. Previously the only fantasy he had read were Lord of the Rings and many Magic: The Gathering books.While juggling teaching life, he tries to keep up with recently published books.

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