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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Review: Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch is the second book in the Gentleman Bastard series, and a whole lot of fun. But what else can you expect when it stars two lovable thieves?

Plot:

After fighting a battle for their lives with the underworld of Camorr, Locke and Jean are hurting, both physically and mentally. They lost many, and much, and Locke especially can’t seem to get out of the funk he’s sunk into. But then, an idea bubbles to the surface, and they decide to set foot on Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds, and to set up the biggest heist they’ve attempted yet. Unfortunately, in the midst of their preparations, it comes to light that someone knows the duo’s secrets, and is planning on using them in plans of their own. Locke and Jean are forced to dance to someone else’s tune, if they want to live. Continue reading

Review: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

I heard of this book through r/fantasy, because that’s where I learn about most new books these days. Everyone spoke well about The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson, so I figured, why not try it out? And so I bought it. It was money well spent.

Plot:

The Empire of Masks has landed on the shores of peaceful Taranoke, and with them it brings new rules, new ways of thinking, and thoughts on what is, and isn’t, proper. They take the Taranoke children and set them up in a school, to learn of the wonders of the Empire, and to groom them for positions in their ranks. Baru Cormorant is one such a child. And she’s especially gifted at numbers. When she gets appointed the title of Imperial Accountant in a distant land called Aurdwynn, she is both apprehensive and excited. Because she has never forgotten her one true goal: learn everything she could to empower herself, and bring the Empire of Masks down from the inside. For her beloved Taranoke.

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Review: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames


Kings of the Wyld is Nicholas Eames‘ debut novel and the first book in The Band series. I’d heard a lot of good things about it on r/fantasy, so I decided to buy it.

Plot:

Clay Cooper was once a member of the most famous mercenary band this side of the Heartwyld; Saga. But those days are long behind them. He’s got a wife and a daughter, and vague plans for an inn one day. He’s grown old and spends his days away from the glory of older days. He is content. Then his ex-band mate shows up on his door one night, pleading for Clay’s help. His daughter is trapped in a city that is surrounded by a monstrous horde, and he needs to save her. Clay knows it’s a suicide mission, but as a father he knows his friend’s pain all too well. It’s time to get the band back together. One last time. Continue reading

Review: Season of Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski

Season of Storms is the eight book in the Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkiowski translated into English, but chronologically the events take place right before the short stories of the first book in the series, The Last Wish.

Plot:

It all begins with an unfortunate contract and leads to a series of events in which Geralt of Rivia, the White Wolf, gets thrown in prison, has his swords stolen, and gets involved in a case of experimenting sorcerers without qualms, horrible mutations and demons. Trouble follows Geralt wherever he goes, and this time is no exception. Continue reading