Title: The Emperor’s Blades.
Author: Brian Stavely.
Year of Publication: 2014 (UK).
Publishers: Tor (UK).
Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and as an audiobook.
Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).
Age Range: 14 years and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents before reading.
This is the first book in the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne series.
The Emperor has been assassinated, leaving the Annurian Empire is falling apart. Now it is up to his three children to put their grief aside, and find the truth behind his murder and restore peace to the land. But this wouldn’t be an epic if this task was going to be easy.
Kaden, the heir to the throne, is studying powerful magic in a remote monastery, where he is learning to unlock an ancient power. It is a power he has little time to master, when an envoy arrives that has evil in its core.
His second son Valyn is training to become an elite solider, and he has always known that his life would be full of trials. He just didn’t realise that one of them would be a group of mercenaries sent to kill him, but before he can return to his siblings he must complete his final initiation.
His daughter, Minister Adare, finds herself alone in the capitol, where she must battle against the deadly game of politics at play, but the only thing that motivates her is justice for her father.
This is only the beginning of a struggle for the three siblings to find those responsible for their fathers’ death.
The next book in the series is called The Providence of Fire.
“One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least one somebody’s listening.” Franklin P. Jones.