Review: Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

Lies Sleeping is the seventh instalment of the PC Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch.

Plot:

The Faceless Man has been murdering, sacrificing, committing fraud, and done even more heinous things, but the police and the Folly know his identity now and they’ve got him on the run. Peter Grant, now Detective Constable, is one of the key figures in the operation to bring him down once and for all. But a cornered animal is at its most dangerous, and cornered magicians even more so. The Faceless Man isn’t going down without a fight and a show, and is in the midst of completing one final mission. If he were to succeed, London will be forever changed. It’s up to Peter, and his colleagues, to stop him before he does. If they can.

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Review: The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley

The Last Mortal Bond written by Brian Staveley is the last book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy.

Plot:

Annur is being threatened by the ancient Csestriim and their desire to kill the old Gods that walk the earth again. The whole of the Urghul nation is at their door, their aim to spread their pain-worship across the lands, the easy way, or the hard way. Kettral are pitted against Kettral, brother against sister. War is fought in every corner of the once great Empire, and the three Malkeenian siblings are at the very heart of it.

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Review: The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley

The Providence of Fire is the second book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series by Brian Staveley. I started this one immediately after finishing The Emperor’s Blades.

Plot:

The children of the late Emperor of Annur all go their separate ways towards figuring out who is behind the coup and the murder of their father. Kaden, the heir to the throne, seeks to ally with the Ishien; an elusive sect of monks devoted to defeating the Csestriim. Valyn and his Wing are making their way through the steppe towards Annur, but the Urghul are in their way. And Adare, eldest child and daughter, who now knows who murdered her father, does everything in her power to stay out of his hands and secure her own army. None of them knows whom to trust, and who the true enemy is.

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Review: The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

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.

Plot:

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.

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