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Skullsworn Audiobook

Skullsworn

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Publisher's Summary

Brian Staveley's new standalone returns to the critically acclaimed Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne universe, following a priestess-assassin for the God of Death

From the award-winning epic fantasy world of The Emperor's Blades...

Pyrre Lakatur is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer - she is a priestess. At least, she will be once she passes her final trial.

The problem isn't the killing. The problem, rather, is love. For to complete her trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the seven people enumerated in an ancient song, including "the one who made your mind and body sing with love / who will not come again."

Pyrre isn't sure she's ever been in love. And if she fails to find someone who can draw such passion from her, or fails to kill that someone, her order will give her to their god, the God of Death. Pyrre's not afraid to die, but she hates to fail, and so, as her trial is set to begin, she returns to the city of her birth in the hope of finding love... and ending it on the edge of her sword.

©2017 Brian Staveley (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Brilliant." (V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author)

What Members Say

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    Ryan Pittsburg,KS 05-06-17
    Ryan Pittsburg,KS 05-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Another amazing story by Brian Staveley"

    I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Staveley's first trilogy and this book provides solid proof that his works are only going to get better and better. If you read/listened to The Unhewn Throne Trilogy then you'll remember Pyrre Lakatur, the somewhat mysterious and very deadly priestess of the God of Death. This book delves into her background and gives more insight into what it means to be one of the Skullsworn. This is the first time I've listened to Elizabeth Knowelden's narration and I was very impressed with her as well. I don't give 5 stars often and usually never for all three categories but it's well deserved in this case.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marlon 05-02-17
    Marlon 05-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Couldve been Better"
    What did you love best about Skullsworn?

    I liked the development of skullsworn, but it should've shown why they are so feared more and built up that aspect like the flea, how we saw from the last book why he's so feared when he told his story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skullsworn?

    I cant remember any stand out moments in this book. it wasn't like the other 3 which each had something special that stood out in my mind.


    What didn’t you like about Elizabeth Knowelden’s performance?

    I didn't like her accent and lack of inflection. Her voice is more suited for non fiction which is going to be written in one tone. In this it was hard to follow along because of the tone and lack of changes in her voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I would say skip this book and make the other three into a movie this needs more development before its ready to go into theater.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    HS8541 Springfield, OR 09-05-17
    HS8541 Springfield, OR 09-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "yes"

    read it! it is a wonderful story about a wonderful character. my favorite from these books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jardin Joyner 08-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "How lovely!"

    This book was a joy to listen to. I wasn't sure, since the original series was... difficult at times. But this one was perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Plaster 08-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"

    Very long winded but enjoyable. The narrator had a great voice and made the book that much more interesting. Kind of predicable thought IMHO.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert San Dimas, CA, United States 08-01-17
    Robert San Dimas, CA, United States 08-01-17 Member Since 2013

    A truck driver who listens to a lot of Audiobooks

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    "Miserable"
    What disappointed you about Skullsworn?

    The characters were vile and in fact the only reason I listened as long as I did was I hated them so much I was hoping something bad would happen to them.


    What was most disappointing about Brian Staveley’s story?

    Twisted story about a**hole murders on a pointless quest. I liked the unhewn throne series but I think I'm done with Brian Staveley.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was alright


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Skullsworn?

    If I was the editor, I would have thrown the book in the trash and kicked Brian Staveley out of my office with a steel toed boot.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cj0679 07-29-17
    cj0679 07-29-17
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    "Couldn't finish it"

    It was an interesting book with some truly well written areas to it, but overall I found myself just didn't care enough to finish it. It was neither convincing that the protagonist would be so desperately searching to find love in order to sacrifice him to her god, nor was there anything that I was rooting for. The conclusion seemed inevitable and I found that I just didn't care enough about he journey getting there to be worth my time.

    I listen to a lot of books and this may be the first time that I've chosen to stop listening to a story with only two hours left.


    If you weren't able to finish the unhewn thrown series, defeat nicely don't tread this on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. L. Turner 07-28-17 Member Since 2011

    Tutivillus

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    "Very, very Nice!"

    I completely enjoyed this offshoot! Even though the end (not a spoiler) of the series was a let-down, I really liked the characters and their stories. Seeing this book made me happy, and I downloaded immediately. The world-building for this part was done well, the characters were layered nicely. Struggles, conflicts and plots were placed nicely.

    It did suffer the "Star Trek ending", like the series...but I was satisfied at the end, since that wasn't really the point - it was the journey we were on, not the destination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Vinson 07-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Lovely characters"

    Nothing is what it seems. I will listen to it again. Not quite how I imagined Pyrre starting off. But still worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Mark Edwards Hattiesburg, MS, United States 07-04-17
    Jon Mark Edwards Hattiesburg, MS, United States 07-04-17 Member Since 2012

    I approx. listen to 15-20 hours of content per week. My main focus is Sci-Fi/Fantasy non-fiction. e.g. King, Orson Scott Card, Gaiman

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    "Unhewn thrown off-shoot is meh."

    While it was great to have more to digest from Stavely's Unhewn Throne universe (of which I'm a fan)...this felt too much part of it self. Too independent for such a world filled with so many types of characters/environments/factions. You get hints or whispers of the unhewn landscape but rarely any true crossover between the real reason anyone probably decided to read Skullsworn....more Unhewn.

    Pyrre was clearly one of my favorite characters from the previous trilogy; but this just seems too much like a forced attempt to spit out some pages about a liked character while biding time for a larger project. This just didn't feel inspired as his previous works. The ending felt forced...like we were headed down an interesting path; only to take a sharp left turn to a dead end. We were building up to something...alas it feels cut short. I wanted more; maybe unfairly...but blame the other three books from the unhewn books that I enjoyed so much.

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  • Kyle
    7/21/17
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    "Not quite Pyrre."

    If you've read/listened to the first three then you've probably got a soft spot for Pyrre. That personality doesn't see the light in this story. It's a different character entirely, bland and tuneless. The performance and a couple of reveals pull it back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Handsome
    7/9/17
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    "Wonderful Read"

    Absolutely wonderful read. Tremendous story telling and great imagination. Different characters stories, pulled together at the right time, and with ease. Definitely as good as the Emperors Blades.
    Just loved it.
    I know it's not as easy as all that Mr. Staveley but, more please.
    as ever
    Handsome Prince

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  • Ryan
    5/30/17
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    "Great addition"

    This is a great addition to an already fantastic series. It is not a combination of the other books but it is well worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • drmr87
    5/21/17
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    "Excellent fantasy"

    I couldn't resist downloading another book set in this world, having devoured Brian Staveley's previous works back to back.

    I was a little apprehensive by a change of narrator, but Elizabeth Knowelden does it justice, particularly given the protagonist this time is female. I would certainly listen to another audiobook narrated by her.

    The story is superb. Probably more entertaining than the trilogy that precedes it, but the preceding trilogy is essential prior knowledge, otherwise so much of the story wouldn't make sense.

    Five stars. I hope another stand alone novel swiftly follows this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Derek Delaney
    5/12/17
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    "This is a love story!"

    2 thirds through this story and I'm fed up with it. The word 'love' is way way over used Not at all like his previous books.
    When it was released I was disappointed to see it was only 19hrs long, now I can't wait to finish the damn thing. Disappointing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gary Dunning
    5/18/17
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    "Not impressed"

    If I wanted Mills and Boon I would of bought Mills and Boon, this book made me feel like a gooseberry listening to a couple on a slow date hoping I can drink really really quickly so drunken oblivion takes me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bluelesley
    5/8/17
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    "Great Story"

    I loved this story of Pyrre the Priestess/Assassin from the Trilogy the Unhewen Throne. My only problem was with the narrater, i had got so used to the voice Brian Vance used for Pyrre that Elizabeth Knowelden came as a shock, obviously with a change of narraters you get a change of voice but i do much prefer Brian Vances....not really a criticism more of a personal thing. Great book once again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/7/17
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    "unhewn throne meets 50 shades of grey"

    In a nut shell I love it. The story was great and the idea of learning more about my favourite character, next to Gwenna, from the trilogy was exciting. My only real complaint is the voice used but that's mostly because I loved the voice Simon Vance had created for her. However I did love Elizabeth Knowelden, so easy to listen to and she had a great range when it came to female characters her only let down was on the male characters but it's to be expected​. oh and I didn't like the fact that "he/she didn't show it" was not used :p

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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