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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fantasy novel, 6 Feb 2014
This review is from: The Emperor's Blades: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne: Book One (Hardcover)
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And the actual 'blades' of the Emperor, I realised very late on, are his three children. Their father has just been killed but they don't all know about it as they follow their own separate adventures in various parts of the land. Kaden, the eldest, and unbeknown to him the new emperor, is in his eighth year of a hard existence in a mountain monastery. Valyn is a would-be soldier and their sister Adare is the only one left behind to seemingly hold things together. I think I preferred Kaden's story most, the tough tasks, the struggling with the monks' philosophies, not to mention the menacing threat of something that's been killing animals up in the mountains. Valyn's story is fine, it's action-packed and has another mysterious killer on the loose. I did however feel there was too much unnecessary bad language between him and his colleagues, which added nothing and felt wrong. Adare's story is the most intriguing and the least dwelt upon though it's left with a brilliant cliffhanger which will be taken up later [this is first in a trilogy]. Thrill-filled finish but there's plenty of business to be resolved and I look forward to the next instalment. Recommended!!
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