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.
©2014 Brian Stavely (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Good story juggling. I'd enjoy more banter please! And the wonders of the story, the magic system, the Ketral with a capital K, and the battle scenes could be explored more. Flying tactics and strategy were barely touched upon.
Good book and promising start to this series but I have two big complaints. First, the story does not really progress much over the course of the book. The characters are well written and the plot is engaging but you don't really get anywhere until the final quarter of the book and then it's over. Second, the only female POV character has significantly less story time compared to the two male POV charterers which made it feel very unbalanced. It was clear which character the author favors. But other than that it was good and I look forward to seeing how the story professes and hope these qualms are addressed in the next volume.
I enjoyed the book from beginning to end. The narrator is def one of my favorites. Highly recommended to anyone that is a fan of fantasy novels with much realism intertwined with just the right amount of fantasy
As far as stories goes, this has a very slow pace. It wasn't until the last few hours of the audiobook when the story really started to pick up and gain shape. Up until that point, there were just a multitude of cliché cliff hangers while the story switched from character to character.
Well-written story with intwined plots, interesting history and inter-personal dynamics / a
dimensions with the detail required to carry it off. Can't wait to hear the rest of the series!
Book starts very slowly. Just when I was ready to toss in the towel things got interesting, and I'm glad I stuck with the story. Great deal of brutality and violence in the story. Keep away from younger ears as well as the faint of heart.
Makes my top 10 fantasy novels or close at least and love the different orders and idea of leeches. Ready for the second one
"Fun and entertaining"
Interesting story and set up. The three heroes all with different yet complimentary skills works well. The storyline ends well with enough unanswered questions to make me go and get the next book!
"Three different blades, one great story"
Definitely. The Emperor has three children, each of whom live distant from each other, in three distinct areas. The lore and background for each area is very interesting, and you discover more as the story progresses.
There is plenty of battling, laughter, treachery and twists, all of which kept me listening. Really, you never know what is going to happen next, so its hard to put those earphones down.
None spring to mind.
The battle with the Skullsworn.
Kadens thought as he trained as a monk moved me to laughter several times. Simon Vance does a good job with some deadpan narrations which me laugh.
A particular death was sad as well, but I don't wish to give away any spoilers.
Just finished book 1, buying book 2 right now. You can't give a much better recommendation than that!
"A great new world of adventure"
Everything you ever want from a fantasy tale
First part kept me wanting to listen more and more
Hope the rest is as fantastic as this
Highly recommended :)
"Brilliant engaging storey"
Intriguing plot, with rich and engaging characters. Brilliant read. The storyline draws you in leaving you wanting more & eager for the next installment
Loved it was a little slow at the start but it soon picked up pace.
Great listen. Good characters. Good baddies. I enjoyed this so much. Funny in parts. Action packed and a bit different, which in this genre, is quite difficult.
"A good story and afer you get into it and work out"
I have bought the 2nd volume and am now beginning to listen to this. The reader is very good giving you time to take in all that is happening.
I have been waiting to find another series I can get into and I think this is it. The worlds created and characters are really interesting. I found myself getting more excited as it went on. When it ended I was on the edge of my seat. Already downloaded book 2.
The narrator is good. Different voices so you know who is who and not too cheesy. But not the best iv heard and certainly much better then the worst.
Great narrator and gripping story. Vivid depiction of the book's world and it's history. Looking forward to the next part.
"A great read :-)"
A great find. Whilst I have read my way through most of the 'Best Ever' list I always live in hope that there are other great books out there ...This is one of them. I particularly like the fast pace. No need for chapters of character building. I have already downloaded book 2.
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