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Derivative but enjoyable,
This review is from: The Emperor's Blades: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne: Book One (Hardcover)
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This opening episode of what is likely to be quite a saga follows the three children of a murdered Emperor as they discover what has happened and will lead to their destiny. In that way there are three distinct threads that alternate between the chapters and will ultimately combine at some point. The oldest child; Adare, is a woman and so can never become Emperor but her late father has elevated her to the position of a minister and she lives in the capitol amidst the fallout of his murder and the machinations of state. The middle child; Valyn, doesn't have the golden eyes of the Imperial line and so cannot accede either. He is tucked away on a remote island training to be a ninja who rides into battle beneath a giant kestrel. Kaden, the only heir to the throne, is tucked away in a Spartan monastery learning about life as a monk to prevent him for his biggest challenge yet.
I found one of the threads drew me in. one was okay and the other I couldn't care about, I won't influence you by saying which.
This book is very well written but there was nothing I haven't read before and I did struggle to get through it at times. Stick with it because it does get better.