The Emperors Blades by Brian Stavely. Book one of the Unhewn Thrown Series – Brilliant debut from a great writer

The circle is closing. The stakes are high. And old truths will live again
…The Emperor has been murdered, leaving the Annurian Empire in turmoil. Now
his progeny must bury their grief and prepare to unmask a conspiracy. His son
Valyn, training for the empire’s deadliest fighting force, hears the news an
ocean away. He expected a challenge, but after several ‘accidents’ and a dying
soldier’s warning, he realizes his life is also in danger. Yet before Valyn can
take action, he must survive the mercenaries’ brutal final initiation.
Meanwhile, the Emperor’s daughter, Minister Adare, hunts her father’s murderer
in the capital itself. Court politics can be fatal, but she needs justice. And
Kaden, heir to the empire, studies in a remote monastery. Here, the Blank God’s
disciples teach their harsh ways – which Kaden must master to unlock their
ancient powers. When an imperial delegation arrives, he’s learnt enough to
perceive evil intent. But will this keep him alive, as long-hidden powers make
their move?

 

This book is simply amazing and I cannot recommend it enough. Its the first part of a series which will surely become a classic. This book is definitely one of the must reads of 2014

A fantastic read. Fast paced and several threads running side by side without getting confusing.
Some very interesting characters and a well drawn plot.
Political threads adding to the action leaving you guessing right until the end.

I’m already counting the days until book 2 (Jan 2015)

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About Paul Walsh

I'm a big fan of fantasy and scifi, which would make up most of my reading but will branch out often enough. Favourite authors vary over time but generally include Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Conn Iggulden, Robert Harris, Karen Maitlan, Kate Mosse, Anne Rice, Philip K Dick, Ray Bradbury. John Scalzi, Mark Lawrence, Pat Rothfuss and a host of others. I'm not the harshest reviewer but will note down a few words on all books I read.
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