The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #1) by Brian Stavely

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The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne #1)
Author: Brian Stavely
My Rating: 4.9

You are my last blade. You, and Kaden and Valyn. If you feel, any of you, that you have been hammered hard, it has been that you might better hold and edge

Likes:

Action packed
Conspiracies
Huge Flying birds
Monks
Assassins
Smart and strong female characters
Good main Characters
Character development
was not “wordy or too poetic” in describing the sceneries.
No info dumping when it came to world building, it was introduced gradually.

My favorite POVs would be Valyn’s, Kaden’s and Adare’s. I guess because Valyn had more screentime then Kaden and lastly Adare ( I think she had 3 to 5 chapters) but all were interesting even with Adare’s few chapters. Valyn struggles with his training to become a Kettral , a special group of assassins. Kaden, the heir to the throne also struggles with his training with the shin monks. He doesn’t completely understand the relevance of such training to ruling the empire but strives to anyway. Adare was pronounce Ministry of Finance, in the world of male dominated Annurian politics she knows that they will look at her and only see a princess raised to that stature because of her father and not of her skills. Each have their own obstacles but it all comes together near the end as they try to discover who’s behind the plot to end the Malkenian line.

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