The Emperor's Blades

The Emperor's Blades

Book - 2014
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The children of an assassinated emperor try to stay alive and avenge their father's death while continuing down their individual life-paths, one in a monastery, another training with elite soldiers, and one appointed a minister determined to prove herself to her people.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765336408
Branch Call Number: STAVELEY B
Characteristics: 478 p. : map ; 25 cm.


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Nov 13, 2018


CHARACTERS: I. loved. All of these characters. They are well thought out, with believable motivations and actions. I had a little trouble figuring out the whole Csestriim-emotionless thing, but once you understand the mythology (there were once only the Csestriim and the Nevariim, and the Csestriim were harsh and cold and emotionless, while the Nevariim were innocent and bucolic, then one day the children of the Csestriim were “tainted with the rot”… which means they started feeling emotions.) then it makes sense. The siblings… Kaden, Valyn, and Adare. Kaden is calm, considering, growing up being trained by monks, the Shin, who seek an enlightenment of sorts, the vaniate, an emotionless state of being. Valyn is part of the Kettral riders, who ride massive hawks (Kettral) and are trained to be a fantastical SWAT team. Adare has stayed with her father, Sanlitun, in the capital, learning politics from him. There are so many more characters, such as Ha Lin (who is absolutely amazing), but I have to say that my favorite sibling is Kaden.
PLOT: Sanlitun is murdered! *gasp!* Now we enter a stage where many parties must fight for the throne, and politics and warfare come together as the siblings learn who they can trust and uncover secret ambitions inside them. This plot keeps you going… it won’t let you go, and you turn every page in sheer anticipation.
ACCURACY: So often I come across books that have maps in them, as if the author says “look! Proof of my world-building!” and then the world isn’t fully developed… this is not that book. So much is created, and the map is only there for you to be able to know where everything is (the way its supposed to) The mythology is thought out. The politics and society is thought out. Nothing exists without a reason, and the world the author has created is believable, exciting, and variable.
RECOMMENDATION: I loved this book. It’s one of the best I’ve read in a long time. The characters, the world, the plot, everything is fresh, believable, and you grow to root for the characters. The book pulls you in and you never want to leave it. (Well maybe… there are some pretty heavy battle scenes later on.) A note: you should be at least 17 if you want to read this book. Includes language, gore, and some sexuality.

Jan 30, 2018

It took a while to get going and at no time (until the end) was it apparent that this was only the first installment. While I enjoy a lot of fantasy, I sometimes have a problem with being left in suspense waiting for the next year or so to find out what happened. That said, the main protagonists, both sons of the Emperor, are put through tough, unlikely and mainly unexplained training that is only partially explained by the end of this first book of three. The action comes to life about half way through at which time the book becomes a page turner. I look forward to reading the next two books, especially since so much remains unexplained in the story so far.

Sep 07, 2017

I enjoyed this however, serious editing misses. Not bad

Mar 15, 2017

Bloody Hell, could it have taken longer to get to the point? Or to have anyone at least pretend they were the least bit intelligent?
If these kids are supposed to be the saviors of this empire, they are pretty poor specimens for heroes. Fine, fine, if they have to be young and stupid, so be it. But not even their advisers seem to be helpful, at least they could be getting some good advise or anything that's not cryptic and complicated.
It took way too long to get this story started and the characters were just lucky, there was no real decisions that saved them, they just happened to survive and happened to get magic powers and happened to do nothing useful.
Moving on, though I don't know to what, apparently my choices need some reviewing.

Aug 13, 2016

Staveley spends very little time building back stories, which in this case often makes new details seem just too convenient. On the whole though, I'd recommend the series.

Aug 01, 2014

Fascinating and well-thought-out world building. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

Jun 25, 2014

Excellent read! Picked it up and couldn't put it down! Read the entire book in one sitting and realized that the second one is noty even out yet, so I will have to wait for more from the world of Annur.

Suitable, I think for anyone from age 16 and above ,provided the younger reader is advanced and familar with the genre.

If you like this one,try anything by Brent Weeks. Super stories !!!!!

Mar 22, 2014

Once I was in to it, I couldn't put it down until 3:30 in the morning when I finished it. I've tried to pick up a new book 3 times since I finished and have not been able to do so. I'm still immersed in the Annurian empire and don't want to leave it yet. A VERY GOOD book - a terrific read. I highly recommend it.

Mar 13, 2014

I haven't been so captivated by a fantasy novel since reading Dune for the first time. A fully realized world, political system, and religion. Three dimensional characters to care about. Wonderful story.


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Jul 12, 2014

"Kaden felt only calm, distance, as though he were no more than the wind rifling his robes, no more than the snow on the peaks, or the silent clouds scrubbing the sky."


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