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.
Makes my top 10 fantasy novels or close at least and love the different orders and idea of leeches. Ready for the second one
I have been listening to about 2 or 3 audiobooks a month for the past 4 years and this book is easily in my top 3 of all time. It's one of those rare combinations of genius writing and an exceptional narrator. I'm always a little worried when I buy a fantasy type book because a lot of the time they end up being written for 12 year olds. This is definitely an adult book and it kept me on the edge on my seat through the entire story. I'm listening to the second book in the series right now and it's proving to be just as good as the first. Do yourself a favor and download this, you won't regret it
The last two chapters, I kept thinking wow this is a gd masterpiece
I would never admit it if it did but, when _____ died I might of got a lil teary eyed
the characters are not very complex and have similar views on right and wrong, the love interest lack very little depth, the vilians are practically all evil for the hell of it no plausible motives (and yes I get there are people in the world who are sadistic, having that be their only defining reason for if they are antagonists is generic and uncreative). The self righteous heroes are fairly boring too, minor roles are non-existent and act as foils/object to be acted upon or show rage as say a mob, in other words when the books world is shown it's not very believable or imersive. The story itself despite all its negatives is quite good when the characters don't mess it up. It does stand apart from the multitudes of fantasy novels that have dashing rogues and heroes with plot armor, but it really over does on the trials and tribulations bit to the point of being depressing.
I listen to a LOT of audio books. My genres are Sci Fi fantasy, History, some Fiction, and Bio's, Education.
I've read so many books of this genre that I have become desensitized to average trail worn Sci fi sword / magic save the world series. This one has all those elements, so the story line is a bit expected, with some deviations that kept my interest. The characters are fantastic, and the pace of the book is perfect. I re read this book when the second one was published so that I would be refreshed on the plot and characters. The second read was still engrossing, which says a lot. This is as good as any of the great authors on their good days, and one I think will be enjoyed by anyone that likes this type of book. Read it 😃
This absolutely met my expectations, and I can't wait to start the next book. My attention was held and I preferred this story over any other that I am currently committed to. Love Simon Vance, and look forward to starting Mark Lawrence's prince of thorns again so the 3rd installment is best enjoyed.
Thought it was well written...performance made the book...have the next one waiting already.....hope it continues to be good ! !
I really enjoyed this novel. The pacing was great, the characters were multidimensional and interesting, the plot was believable, and the action was rivet. I just purchased the second book!
"My kind of Fantasy"
Really enjoyed this listen from the 1st chapter. Some of the characters are a little cliched but the storyline more than makes up for this. The author gives us enough action and intrigue throughout to keep the most avid fantasy fans interested.
Although not my favourite book this year its still well worth a listen with plenty of potential for future books in the series. I will be keeping an eye out for the sequel.
"Not to be missed"
Great book, fast paced and great fun. Lots of action with loads of twists and unexpected turns. It's not a poor farmboy who has a sword... It's written for a more mature audience and the world is well thought out.
The best scene for me was when the son of the emperor finds out why he was sent to a monastery to train as a monk.
When the note from the emperor to his daughter is found, that's a serious "know way!" moment too.
It's too big to read in one sitting. That's a good thing though, to be honest I wish it was longer. Fortunately there are more books to come.
Don't miss this book. One of the most enjoyable books that I have read this year and from a new author too.
"Cannot wait for Book2"
Note to self, I want to read the next book. I am being a bit cheeky by using this review to remind myself to get the next book when it comes out.
desent book, intresting ideas(the eyes, beasts, backstoryis, lore) god and demi-gods somehow always hit its mark with me and the narriator is good, its somehow similier to words of radiance or way of kings not in writing but rather in new ideas. always some gods there and you dont really know if theyre there or not
Riveting, bloody good read, great story.
Many other books. But this one stands out head and shoulders. Extremely well written.
I always enjoy listening to Simon Vance, he does enough without going over the top. Each character has their own voice and comes across as an individual. Class act.
"amazing begining with such a wide potential"
With fantasy you can often get either political intrigue, beasts and sword play or spirituality and magic. The Emperor's blade will give you all three.
wide ranging epic, if you like GRR Martin or Brandon Sanderson, this will be for you. Big story's, wide ranging that have tangle and twist together.
not wanting to give it away, when the seemingly good become bad, and the bad protectors.
Even bore it ended I wanted more.
Give it a go, it makes itself worth it.
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