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The Empire's Ruin

The Empire's Ruin

Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne

Brian Staveley

Tor Books

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First in a new series! Assassin's Creed meets Jason and the Argonauts in the epic sequel trilogy to the bestselling Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne

Epic fantasy star Brian Staveley's next thrilling chapter in the bestselling saga of the Annurian Empire is a swashbuckling quest beyond the edge of the known world, to realms strange and deadly.

In the shocking aftermath of The Last Mortal Bond, the newly reconstituted Kettral—the black ops bird riders from Staveley's original trilogy—must embark on a dangerous voyage to the distant island their war-hawks come from, in order to replenish their decimated ranks.

But what they discover by the end of their odyssey will change the Kettral forever—and the Annurian Empire along with it.

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Praise for The Empire's Ruin

For the Chronicles 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 Bl… More…

For the Chronicles 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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