The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley
Brian Staveley’s The Providence of Fire, the second novel in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, a gripping new epic fantasy series.
The conspiracy to destroy the ruling family of the Annurian Empire is far from over.
Having learned the identity of her father’s assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.
Unknown to Adare, her brother Valyn, renegade member of the empire’s most elite fighting force, has allied with the invading nomads. The terrible choices each of them has made may make war between them inevitable.
Between Valyn and Adare is their brother Kaden, rightful heir to the Unhewn Throne, who has infiltrated the Annurian capital with the help of two strange companions. The knowledge they possess of the secret history that shapes these events could save Annur or destroy it.
Brutal, intriguing and continuing to head toward exciting events and places unknown. – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
A stunning follow-up… Most definitely recommended. – Beauty in Ruins
Loved every second of it … a full, immersive, magical, and exciting world, with characters to match. – Fantasy Faction, 10/10 stars
Review By justinvondoom
‘The Emperor’s Blades’ was not only the best debut of 2014, but also the most enjoyable novel I read that year. Author Brian Staveley has already made a strong case for 2015 with the much anticipated sequel.
‘The Providence of Fire’ brings you fast paced action right where the first book left off. The characters grow more rich and interesting (good luck figuring out who you dislike, they are all great) while their plots thicken even more so. The lore of the world only becomes more interesting as you find yourself obsessing over past events. It’s rare to have a moment where you can come up to breathe because turning to the next chapter only means you’re that much closer to reading “Providence of Fire’ again and again.
Overall, the novel is a big step up from the first one, which is saying a lot because the first one was nearly flawless. I highly recommend this series to fans of fantasy and fiction alike. Staveley is just getting started, so get on before the bandwagon takes off.
BRIAN STAVELEY lives in rural Vermont. He is the author of The Emperor’s Blades and The Providence of Fire.
After teaching literature, philosophy, history, and religion for more than a decade, Brian began writing epic fantasy. His first book, The Emperor’s Blades, is the start of his series, Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne. Tor.com has released the first seven chapters as a teaser that can be found here:
Brian lives on a steep dirt road in the mountains of southern Vermont, where he divides his time between fathering, writing, husbanding, splitting wood, skiing, and adventuring, not necessarily in that order. The second book in the series, The Providence of Fire, is due out in January 2015. Brian can be found on twitter at @brianstaveley, facebook as brianstaveley, and Google+ as Brian Staveley.
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