Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 15,046 ratings

The Emperor's Blades 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.

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  • Book 1

    • The Emperor's Blades

    • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1
    • By: Brian Staveley
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 19 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,059
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,606
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,605

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • 4 Primary Crimes Committed By The Author

    • By Captain Spanky Of Nazareth on 05-09-16

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 2

    • The Providence of Fire

    • By: Brian Staveley
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 24 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,379
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,992
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,986

    Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • I'm trying really hard to like this series.

    • By Mike on 02-09-15

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 3

    • The Last Mortal Bond

    • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 3
    • By: Brian Staveley
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 29 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,008
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,683
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,674

    The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Less Awful than Predecessor

    • By Benjamin on 04-27-16

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Skullsworn

    • By: Brian Staveley
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
    • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 600
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 565
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 564

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another amazing story by Brian Staveley

    • By Ryan on 05-06-17

    Regular price: $20.99