The work week begins. I quickly slip into my business suit and head back into the office to save a few innocent people. But while I try to fool myself into being excited about the grind, deep down, I’m not, so I’m going to escape dreary reality by reading some great books.
This week I’m starting the second book of a great series.
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Books (January 13, 2015)
Length: 608 pages
The conspiracy to destroy the ruling family of the Annurian Empire is far from over.
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.
Unknown to Adare, her brother Valyn, renegade member of the empire’s most elite fighting force, has allied with the invading nomads. The terrible choices each of them has made may make war between them inevitable.
Between Valyn and Adare is their brother Kaden, rightful heir to the Unhewn Throne, who has infiltrated the Annurian capital with the help of two strange companions. The knowledge they possess of the secret history that shapes these events could save Annur or destroy it.
Praise for the book.
“Brutal, intriguing and continuing to head toward exciting events and places unknown.”―Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“Epic adventure that ratchets up the action and muddies the waters, all while completely throwing all expectations out the window….We can’t wait to see what happens next.”―io9
“Book Two finishes on a knife-edge and where it goes from here is anyone’s guess.”―Fantasy Faction
“It’s rare that a book comes along and blows my frigging mind. It’s even rarer when an author can pull this off not once, but twice. Brian Staveley pulled this off. Hard.”―Lit Chick Hit List
“Superbly written, sublimely enchanting, utterly engrossing, grabs-you-by-the-throat-and-refuses-to-let-go, and then you’re a shell of a person once you’re finished. Brian Staveley is not only an invaluable new voice to the epic fantasy genre, and the literary world at large, but he’s on his way to being one of the greats.”―The Book Geek
“… a stunning follow-up to The Emperor’s Blades …” ― Beauty in Ruins