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The solid third Throne of Amenkor novel (after 2006's The Cracked Throne) delivers plenty of action and intrigue. Varis, the ruling Mistress of Amenkor, struggles to rebuild Amenkor's defenses and economy after a devastating attack by the seafaring Chorl. Varis was only able to save Amenkor by destroying the Skewed Throne, Amenkor's ancient seat of protective power, and now must rely on her own inner resources. Meanwhile, her mentor, Erick, tortured by the Chorl, lies near death. The arrival of a ship from the southern port city of Venitte brings the hope of alliance, especially if Varis can locate the Stone Throne, built to protect Venitte, but mysteriously lost centuries earlier. The hope that a lord in Venitte may be able to heal Erick pushes Varis to travel there, even as Chorl forces are on the move at sea and on land. Palmatier's intriguing characters and complex setting continue to entertain in this deservedly successful fantasy series. (Jan.)
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About the Author

Joshua Palmatier was born in PA, but now resides in NY. Palmatier started writing SF and Fantasy novels and short stories in eighth grade, and hasn't stopped writing since, mainly focusing on novels. He can be found at sff.net/people/jpalmatier/.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756405319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756405311
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,063,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joshua Palmatier is a writer with a PhD in mathematics. He was born in Pennsylvania, but has lived in numerous states over his life and currently resides in New York while teaching mathematics full-time at a university. "The Skewed Throne," his first work of fantasy, was a Compton Crook finalist for best first novel in the science fiction and fantasy genres for 2006. "The Cracked Throne" and "The Vacant Throne" complete the series, all published by DAW Books. He is currently at work on two epic fantasy trilogies--the first comprising the books "Well of Sorrows" and "Leaves of Flame" (published in ebook format by Baen), and "Breath of Heaven" (forthcoming) as the third novel; and "Shattering the Ley" (published by DAW) as the start of the second trilogy, with "Threading the Needle" (forthcoming) as the follow-up.

As an editor, Joshua has worked with co-editor Patricia Bray on the anthologies "After Hours: Tales from the Ur-bar," "The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity," and "Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs Aliens." They are currently working on another anthology titled "Temporally Out of Order."

Also look for short stories by Joshua in the anthologies "Close Encounters of the Urban Kind," "Beauty Has Her Way" (both edited by Jennifer Brozek), and "River" (edited by Alma Alexander). An upcoming story will appear in "Apollo's Daughters."

Joshua Palmatier is also the founder of a small press called Zombies Need Brains, which published sci-fi and fantasy themed anthologies. Find out more at www.zombiesneedbrains.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Hill on February 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read this whole entire book in one day!!! And you know what it didn't disappoint me. Varis has managed to save her city, but not without some extensive damage. She has managed to believe in her abilities both magical and leadership wise. The only thing that bugged me some what was the lack of details when it came to describing the other cities and ports outside of Amenkor. But that was just a minor blip on the whole thing. I loved how vividly each character was written and portrayed. The plot was fantastic and, and...you'll just have to read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Brukman on January 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is the third fantasy in a series, and would benefit from reading the first 2 in series.

The main character, Varis, who is now the Mistress of Amenkor, is facing the difficult recovery of her city from a deadly, barely repulsed, invasion of the Chorl. Facing the threat of the Chorl coming back, Varis and others want to improve Amenkor's defenses, as well as help other coastal cities prepare for the inevitable fight, all while the main source of Amenkor's magic is gone.

Varis herself, and her allies are sympathetic and interesting. The magic is fairly conventional but well-proportioned: formidable but not unlimited. The Chorl emerge with some more intersting detail, and the pace suitably quick, combining frantic combat, tense waiting, and occasional periods of relaxation.

The cities themselves are a bit sketchy, but the interesting characters and tense plot carry the story.

The book comes to a suitable resolution, but a place for a sequel is clear, and I, for one, am looking forward to it.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Teenage Varis, the Mistress of Amenkor, has managed to save her city from an attack by the deadly and powerful Chorl. Amenkor lay in ruins. The Skewed Throne sits cracked and useless. Its power is dead. But their troubles with the blue-skinned, magic wielding Chorl are far from over. After the destruction of the Chorl's High Priestest, known as the Ochean, the invaders begin a well-calculated plan to take over the nearby city of Venitte instead. At first it is believed they want the port city because it is a major trading stop, but as Varis learns more through dreams she should no longer be able to have and expands her visions and experience beyond the realm of Amenkor, the motivations become a whole lot clearer. Two Thrones were created by the Seven Adepts thousands of years ago to protect Venitte and Amenkor. One was brought to Amenkor, the other; the Stone Throne seems to have vanished. Varis comes to believe it never left Venitte, though no one seems to know where it is. It's a race against time and the threat of more Chorl attacks as Varis and a small fleet of Amenkor ships set out to warn Lord March in Venitte of the Chorl and save the Stone Throne from destruction or conquest.

There's a little something for everyone in Joshua Palmatier's "The Vacant Throne", the final book in the Throne of Amenkor series. For the ladies, we have a budding romance for Mistress Varis. A sense of sisterhood begins to form in the most unlikely of places, between what should be bitter enemies. For the men, battles... lots and lots of sword-swinging, hell-screaming, bloody battles. I'm not usually one to get all choked up over a book, but Joshua had me in tears a few times with some extremely touching and emotional moments as well.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I'm extremely busy with work etc.., who isn't? Haven't been able to sit down and finish a book in a loooong time picked up "Vacant Throne at my local library and I really did not want to stop reading. I have not read the previous books of this series but this story does well on its own. I love any type of genre, fantasy, scifi... that involves a strong female character. "Vacant Throne" is exciting and an excellent read!
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