The Providence of Fire
'Will keep you turning the pages late at night' – Pierce Brown on The Emperor's Blades
War is coming, secrets multiply and betrayal waits in the wings . . .
The Empire's ruling family must be vigilant, as the conspiracy against them deepens. Having discovered her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies. But few trust her, until she seems marked by the people's goddess in an ordeal of flame.
As Adare struggles to unite Annur, unrest breeds rival armies - then barbarian hordes threaten to invade. And unknown to Adare, her brother Valyn has fallen in with forces mustering at the empire's borders. The terrible choices facing each of them could make war between them inevitable.
Fighting his own battles is their brother Kaden, rightful heir to the throne, who has infiltrated the Annurian capital with two strange companions. While imperial forces prepare to defend a far distant front, Kaden's actions could save the empire, or destroy it.
'Following in the footsteps of George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie and the like . . . Brutal, intriguing and continuing to head toward exciting events and places unknown' – Kirkus Reviews
The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley is the second novel in the epic fantasy series, Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, which began with The Emperor's Blades.
In the media
A complex and fast-moving fantasy set in a world where treachery and intrigue are everywhere
L. E. Modesitt, Jr. on The Emperor's Blades, Book One
A richly imagined world and vibrant characters . . . an exhilarating adventure
Elspeth Cooper on The Emperor's Blades, Book One
The Emperor's Blades is a promising start to a new voice in fantasy ... a fantastic and compelling fantasy world
io9.com on The Emperor's Blades, Book One
This is what I seek in reading fantasy, authors that go the distance to deliver you a brilliant story ... I was hooked from the first page and I hope to see the release of the sequel soon, this is one of those books that leaves you needing more
The Bookplank blog on The Emperor's Blades, Book One