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The Empire's Ruin

The Empire's Ruin

Ashes of the Unhewn Throne

Brian Staveley

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Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor's Blades, gives readers the first book in a new epic fantasy trilogy based in the world of his popular series the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne.

The Annurian Empire is disintegrating. The advantages it used for millennia have fallen to ruin. The ranks of the Kettral have been decimated from within, and the kenta gates, granting instantaneous travel across the vast lands of the empire, can no longer be used.

In order to save the empire, one of the surviving Kettral must voyage beyond the edge of the known world through a land that warps and poisons all living things to find the nesting ground of the giant war hawks. Meanwhile, a monk turned con-artist may hold the secret to the kenta gates.

But time is running out. Deep within the southern reaches of the empire and ancient god-like race has begun to stir.

What they discover will change them and the Annurian Empire forever. If they can survive.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Praise for The Empire's Ruin

Praise for The Empire's Ruin:

“Brian Staveley’s books are epic in every sense of the word. His characters are complex, his history deep, his plots rife with action and intrigue. He’s a giant in the genre, no doubt.”—Nicolas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

“If you loved Brian Staveley's Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, then hang onto your war hawk, 'cause his new book, The Empire’s Ruin, returns to the world of the crumbling Annurian Empire in a spectacular way. Fans of Staveley's work, and those who enjoy epic fantasy outside the conventional mold, are going to unearth treasure.”—R.S. Belcher


Praise for the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne:

“Epic does not even begin to describe this dramatic third and final installment in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne.” Bibliosanctum, on The Last Mortal Bond

“The culmination of Staveley’s trilogy succeeds in every possible way, delivering readers a truly epic tale full of memorable characters, clever politics, an intelligent magic system, brutal battle scenes, and witty dialogue. 10/10 Stars” —Fantasy Faction, on The Last Mortal Bond

“Ratchets up the action and muddies the waters, all while completely throwing all expectations out the window…. upsetting expectations and sending us into a new and exciting direction.” —io9, on The Last Mortal Bond

“A complex and richly detailed world filled with elite soldier-assassins, mystic warrior monks, serpentine politics, and ancient secrets. Readers of Sara Douglass's… More…

Praise for The Empire's Ruin:

“Brian Staveley’s books are epic in every sense of the word. His characters are complex, his history deep, his plots rife with action and intrigue. He’s a giant in the genre, no doubt.”—Nicolas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

“If you loved Brian Staveley's Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, then hang onto your war hawk, 'cause his new book, The Empire’s Ruin, returns to the world of the crumbling Annurian Empire in a spectacular way. Fans of Staveley's work, and those who enjoy epic fantasy outside the conventional mold, are going to unearth treasure.”—R.S. Belcher


Praise for the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne:

“Epic does not even begin to describe this dramatic third and final installment in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne.” Bibliosanctum, on The Last Mortal Bond

“The culmination of Staveley’s trilogy succeeds in every possible way, delivering readers a truly epic tale full of memorable characters, clever politics, an intelligent magic system, brutal battle scenes, and witty dialogue. 10/10 Stars” —Fantasy Faction, on The Last Mortal Bond

“Ratchets up the action and muddies the waters, all while completely throwing all expectations out the window…. upsetting expectations and sending us into a new and exciting direction.” —io9, on The Last Mortal Bond

“A complex and richly detailed world filled with elite soldier-assassins, mystic warrior monks, serpentine politics, and ancient secrets. Readers of Sara Douglass's Wayfarer novels and George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series should enjoy this opener.” —Library Journal, starred review, on The Emperor's Blades

“An enchanting union of old and new, Staveley's debut will keep you turning pages late into the night.”—Pierce Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising, on The Emperor's Blades

“Intricate characters, complex relationships, and plots within plots... these are the hallmarks of great fantasy and Staveley succeeds across the board. A brilliant debut!” —Jason Hough, New York Times bestselling author of The Darwin Elevator, on The Emperor's Blades

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Brian Staveley

BRIAN STAVELEY is the author of the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne series, starting with The Emperor's Blades. He has taught literature, religion, history, and philosophy, all subjects that influence his writing, and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. He works as an editor for Antilever Press, and has published poetry and essays, both in print and on-line. He lives in Vermont, and divides his time between running trails, splitting wood, writing, and baby-wrangling.

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