Preview: The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

The Emperor’s Blades, first book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne by Brian Staveley, is being released by Tor on January 14, 2014. Just a few days away! The first seven chapters are available to read on Tor. Temper your curiosity by trying out the story and then go get it to find out what happens!

Available January 14, 2014

When the emperor of Annur is murdered, his children must fight to uncover the conspiracy—and the ancient enemy—that effected his death. Kaden, the heir apparent, was for eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, where he learned the inscrutable discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. Their rituals hold the key to an ancient power which Kaden must master before it’s too late.

When an imperial delegation arrives to usher him back to the capital for his coronation, he has learned just enough to realize that they are not what they seem—and enough, perhaps, to successfully fight back.

Meanwhile, in the capital, his sister Adare, master politician and Minister of Finance, struggles against the religious conspiracy that seems to be responsible for the emperor’s murder. Amid murky politics, she’s determined to have justice—but she may be condemning the wrong man.

Their brother Valyn is struggling just to stay alive. He knew his training to join the Kettral— deadly warriors who fly massive birds into battle—would be arduous. But after a number of strange apparent accidents, and the last desperate warning of a dying guard, he’s convinced his father’s murderers are trying to kill him, and then his brother. He must escape north to warn Kaden—if he can first survive the brutal final test of the Kettral.


The first seven chapters of this novel is available to read on Tor! Follow the links below to get a taste of the Emperor’s Blades.

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven


Intrigued? Find out more information about the author and story by checking out Brian Staveley’s website.

Brian Staveley