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The Emperor's Blades Audiobook

The Emperor's Blades: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    David Wellesley, MA, United States 01-20-14
    David Wellesley, MA, United States 01-20-14
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    "George R. R. Martin better write faster"

    If you are angrily waiting the next Game of Thrones book, than The Emperor's Blades is your book. The story is often stronger and more relatable that George R. R. Martin's stuff. Plus Simon Vance's narration is fantastic as always.

    22 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Deldepth 05-15-15
    Deldepth 05-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The pace of the story dragged it down."

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 07-11-14
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.

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    "Amazing"

    This is an amazing book. Its been awhile since I could get really excited about a series. The Emperor's Blades is outstanding in every way. Its very well written and is set in a sweeping and imaginative world. The characters are likable and surprisingly deep. The action in this book is both fantastic yet gritty and real. This book really grabbed me and got me swept up in the story. Overall, I think this is a must have.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    shirley 02-01-14
    shirley 02-01-14
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    "Depressing"

    I love scifi and fantasy. I've been reading the genre for over 35 years now. While this book is well written and fairly narrated, it was just depressing. I listened to the entire book and there isn't a single scene that is amusing or light. There are three main characters. One is learning at a monastery where extreme deprivation and even torture are used as teaching methods. An example is being buried standing up so that only your head is exposed and being left there for several days. Another character is learning to be a warrior but is being singled out for ridicule and deliberate belittling by the instructors, is trying to avoid being assassinated while he and his friends are being beaten up by the bullies. The third character is undermined in her political tasks by treachery and dismissal as a woman trying to do a man's job. Even though the three survive to the next novel there is no real feeling of celebration or joy...just constant setbacks and an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness. Don't worry, I've not given away any spoilers - what I've written is what you find in just about every fantasy novel but in the good ones, you are given something to be happy about and hope that the protagonists will do more than just survive, that they will win in the end. That hope is not presented in this book.

    Simon Vance as always does a good job of narration.

    36 of 68 people found this review helpful
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    Sean D. 09-30-16
    Sean D. 09-30-16 Member Since 2010
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    "mhe"

    They were too many issues between the characters like how the monks constantly beat the one prince and never explain to him why or what they are trying to achieve that me was just retarded and was asking for them to get the exact opposite of what they were desiring .

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    starr North versailles, PA, United States 09-28-16
    starr North versailles, PA, United States 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Nice surprise"

    I enjoyed this book and I am looking coward to see this family take back their empire. How long before book 2

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    DeAnna 09-22-16
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    Plot is awesome, performance is great, lots of new ideas. An overall fun read from start to finish.

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    Jessie 09-12-16
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    "Excellent story + great setup for more"

    From the engaging opening scene, to the characters undergoing their distinct and grueling ordeals, to the well-doled-out mysteries, to the task legends and linguistics...this was just pure fun for me! I actually cried when [spoiler omitted]!

    At the end of it all, we've gone on bonding adventures with great characters in a fantastic world, they have changed by the end, and we're set up for further adventures.

    What could be better?

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    James Hodge 09-11-16
    James Hodge 09-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It was amazing!"

    the story and narration is spot on! The world is immersing and we'll thought out and the plot ten times so!

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    Amazon Customer 08-31-16
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    very similar to Brent Week's Lightbringer series. If you liked that one, this will fill some time till book 4 comes out in October

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    "a good start"

    Start of a series so dont expect much closure but a good start all the same

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
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    "Very entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to The Emperor's Blades the most enjoyable?

    The narrator


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Emperor's Blades?

    When one of the main characters died


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The differing voices


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An Empire in turmoil, three siblings battle to save.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen Williamson
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    "cool story"

    It was hard to listen to the guy speaking to normal like books with English speaking as it tends to have a lot of foul speaking language but after 15 20 minutes I was hooked and at the end I was thinking it was a pretty cool story and well told. I absolutely loved this book and straight away got the other 2 books in the series

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  • MR NEALE McCONNELL
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    "OK"

    Slow start but gets better one you get in to it. The characters do eventually. Grow on you. I'll try the next in the series.

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  • Stephen
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    good but need the story a follow on book storey still not finished with left open.

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  • Amazon Customer
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    "outstanding."

    I was totally against audio books until a podcast steered me towards them. I didn't think I would be able to handle someone talking for 20hours. how I was wrong the performance of the narrator was incredible. great character voices and a flow that made it a joy to listen to.

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  • David
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    "Catching"

    story got off to a slow start but set the depth for an amazing ending!

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  • Benjamin
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    "Good stuff"

    A great listen
    Twelve more words are required to complete this review for some reason

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  • Chris Richards
    8/22/16
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    "Enjoyable but flawed"

    An enjoyable book but seems to take a long time to tell not much story, and one major character is strangely absent for most of the book whilst the others get a lot more time to be fleshed out.

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  • Kieran
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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    "Very slow"

    Long book for so little happening. Cool last 3-4 hours but struggled to get there, very poor pace and interactions between characters is mundane at times.

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