Review: The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley

Monday, 21 April 2014 06:49
Title: The Emperor's Blades (Chronicle of  the Unhewn Throne, #1)
Author: Brian Staveley
Publication Date: January 14th, 2014
Genres: High Fantasy, Adult
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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 an 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?

 “There’s no blade as keen as surprise.” 

My, my, color me surprised!

The Emperor’s Blades is every fantasy lover’s dream come true. 

How do I even begin to describe this masterpiece? It’s like you’re thirsting for water and someone offers you fine wine. I was looking for a high fantasy novel which would sweep me off my feet, which would promise me of magic and swords and of a world that is far beyond my imagination.

And guess what I got? More. I got more than what I asked for.

I want to tell you how much awesome sauce this book contains, want to tell all about its richly crafted world, its complicated story lines, its flawed but lovable characters but there these kind of books that no matter how much you try to perfect your descriptions, it will never do the book justice.

Instead, let me direct you through a set of questions.

Do you like complex world building?

Do you like alternating point of views?

Do you like rich writing?

Do you like flawed yet amazing characters? You know that saying, imperfection is perfection.

Do you wish to join the land of awesomeness?

Do you realize how much you're missing in life?

If the answer is yes to all the aforementioned questions and it should be or I will personally strangle you, then young grasshopper, it is imperative that you read this book.