The Emperor’s Blades is the first book in the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne trilogy by Brian Staveley. I’ve had the three books on my shelves for a while now, and thought it was time to try the first one. I was not disappointed.
The Emperor has died, the Empire is in turmoil. His daughter Adare tries to bring justice to the priest whom she believes killed him, while balancing her work as the minister of Finance and her attempts to keep the Empire from falling apart before the heir can be brought back. His eldest son Valyn is training to become a Kettral, a member of the most deadly fighting force in the Empire, but uncovers a heinous plot to kill him, and gets dragged into solving the murder of a young woman on the island. His son Kaden, the heir, is studying with monks in the middle of nowhere, unaware that his father has been murdered, and that his life is in danger. All he knows is that there’s something out there, some kind of beast, that kills their goats in a horrifying way. And it’s getting closer.