The Emperor's Blades

The Emperor's Blades

Book - 2014
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The children of an assassinated emperor try to stay alive and avenge their father's death while continuing down their individual life-paths, one in a monastery, another training with elite soldiers, and one appointed a minister determined to prove herself to her people.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2014, c2013.
Edition: 1st trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780765336439
076533643X
Characteristics: 492 p. :,map. --

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sat7
Sep 07, 2017

I enjoyed this however, serious editing misses. Not bad

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Eosos
Mar 15, 2017

Bloody Hell, could it have taken longer to get to the point? Or to have anyone at least pretend they were the least bit intelligent?
If these kids are supposed to be the saviors of this empire, they are pretty poor specimens for heroes. Fine, fine, if they have to be young and stupid, so be it. But not even their advisers seem to be helpful, at least they could be getting some good advise or anything that's not cryptic and complicated.
It took way too long to get this story started and the characters were just lucky, there was no real decisions that saved them, they just happened to survive and happened to get magic powers and happened to do nothing useful.
Moving on, though I don't know to what, apparently my choices need some reviewing.

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humbleworm
Aug 13, 2016

Staveley spends very little time building back stories, which in this case often makes new details seem just too convenient. On the whole though, I'd recommend the series.

LeRat Feb 25, 2015

For those looking for a new "gritty" fantasy author, check out this first book in Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne. If you like Martin, Sanderson, or Abercrombie, give this book a try.

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nerowolfgal
Aug 01, 2014

Fascinating and well-thought-out world building. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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kimb1967
Jun 25, 2014

Excellent read! Picked it up and couldn't put it down! Read the entire book in one sitting and realized that the second one is noty even out yet, so I will have to wait for more from the world of Annur.

Suitable, I think for anyone from age 16 and above ,provided the younger reader is advanced and familar with the genre.

If you like this one,try anything by Brent Weeks. Super stories !!!!!

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stitchkat
Mar 22, 2014

Once I was in to it, I couldn't put it down until 3:30 in the morning when I finished it. I've tried to pick up a new book 3 times since I finished and have not been able to do so. I'm still immersed in the Annurian empire and don't want to leave it yet. A VERY GOOD book - a terrific read. I highly recommend it.

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samurphy
Mar 13, 2014

I haven't been so captivated by a fantasy novel since reading Dune for the first time. A fully realized world, political system, and religion. Three dimensional characters to care about. Wonderful story.

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hippogriff28
Jul 12, 2014

"Kaden felt only calm, distance, as though he were no more than the wind rifling his robes, no more than the snow on the peaks, or the silent clouds scrubbing the sky."

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