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.
All credit to the narrator for trying to bring this series to life.
This series could have been so good. The world is interesting, the characters should have had plenty of room to develop, and the action and drama could have been epic. Sadly the world is never fleshed out, the characters are unbelievably incompetent for people who have spent their entire lives training, and the action and drama is so one dimensional it hurts. Without going into spoilers I can only recommend that no one wastes their time on this. Maybe all of the good reviews are from people new to the genre, but this series is infuriatingly meaningless.
A scarlet tide of Rondian legions is flooding into the East, led by the Inquisition’s windships flying the Sacred Heart, the bright banner of the Church's darkest sons. They are slaughtering and pillaging their way across Antiopia in the name of Emperor Constant. But the emperor's greatest treasure, the Scytale of Corineus, has slipped through his fingers and his ruthless Inquisitors must scour two continents for the artefact, the source of all magical power.
I have finished the series and it's not at all satisfying or up to the quality I expect. It was like one of those movies that's right on the brink of becoming good, but when you keep watching it is only a constant disappointment. I tried this book because I hoped that the first was just a horrible excuse for a back story. It was and this doesn't get better. According to this author "Adult Fantasy" just means putting the creepiest sex scenes in every. Single. Chapter. There is a small amount of character progress in this and the books going foreword but it's just not enough to keep me interested in 70% of the plot. Only one character is even interesting. Once again, this series does not get better. Just more creepy sex/rape and chapters that contribute nothing to the plot.
Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade. The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest". Now, the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight... but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world.
If you are looking for something along the lines of ASoIaF, WoT, Malazan Book of the Fallen, anything Sanderson has touched, or King Killer you are looking at the wrong book. This is woefully sub-par compared to series and authors of that caliber.
The main characters in this series are boring and honestly don't have many redeeming qualities. Plenty of awkward situations in the book as well as unbearably pointless and slow parts. This could have been shortened by 5 hours and still been enough to get the actual story across.
All of that being said, I'm probably going to try to slog through this series because I don't have anything else to read right now until someone good releases a new book. If it gets better I'll take this post down.
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Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.
This book had some awesome elements and some glaring flaws, but overall I enjoyed it and want to continue the adventure.
Nick Podehl was awesome as usual. The story however hit some slow parts and the main character is absolutely infuriating for someone who supposedly trained for what he is doing for years beforehand. That being said I can't help but like the story as a whole
In Northern Genabackis, a raiding party of savage tribal warriors descends from the mountains into the southern flatlands. Their intention is to wreak havoc amongst the despised lowlanders, but for the one named Karsa Orlong, it marks the beginning of what will prove to be an extraordinary destiny.
Had to get used to the new guy and pronunciations but I liked it overall in the end. I recommend.
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