- Series: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 656 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (March 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765336421
- ISBN-13: 978-0765336422
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 2 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 298 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Last Mortal Bond: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book III Hardcover – March 15, 2016
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“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.”―Fantasy Faction, 10/10 Stars
“Deeply satisfying.”―Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“Darker and fiercer than the other two books […] the way Staveley crafts the ending, bringing everything together, is just masterful.” ―Speculative Herald
“The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne is a trilogy that’s gone from strength to strength as it’s gone on―that’s gotten not just bigger but measurably better with every increasingly vital volume―and it’s my pleasure to tell you that The Last Mortal Bond is, without question, Staveley’s most impressive and immersive effort yet […] What I didn’t expect was that it would take my breath away. But it did.”―Tor.com
“Staveley shows how to end a fantasy epic with The Last Mortal Bond.”―io9
“One of the most brutal, gut-wrenching, raw, emotional, masterfully told, brilliantly plotted, beautifully written series I have ever had the pleasure of reading.”―The Book Eaters
“A phenomenon like the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne comes along once in a lifetime.”―The Qwillery
“Epic does not even begin to describe this dramatic third and final installment in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne.”―Bibliosanctum
“The perfect ending to a fantastic trilogy.”―Beauty in Ruins
About the Author
BRIAN STAVELEY 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 with his wife and young son, and divides his time between running trails, splitting wood, writing, and baby-wrangling. The Last Mortal Bond is his third novel, following The Emperor's Blades and The Providence of Fire.
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After consideration, though, what bothers me most is the lack of agency for most of the characters. For that reason, I found the only thread of the story I enjoyed was following Gwenna and her Kettral unit. Even when things go sideways for them, they can act and make plans. The three royal siblings so critical to the series have either completely lost any sense of purpose and goals (Valyn) or are operating against immortals and gods (Kaden and Adare) who have them constantly running from one reaction to the next with very little opportunity to take the initiative. As it turns out, that's just not all that interesting.
I'm still giving the book 2 stars because I was sufficiently interested in learning how it ends that I read it all the way through, but it was a chore. I'm done with this author.
Finally, the language; I was impressed with Staveley as a prose stylist in the Emperor's Blades, but someone must have told him in the meantime that you're not a serious author if you don't use the f-word at least once on every page. Ok, it's a book for adults and I can actually take this once in a while, but it really doesn't add anything when used in the narrator's voice (as it is all the time in this book). What happened to good old English words such as "quite", "rather"? Instead, all we get is f******. That's f****** unnecessary.
The Last Mortal Bond needed a good editor. As a reader, I needed to re-read several parts of this book to parse out details of events just to follow the story. A decent editor would have caught these points in the story and have the author write with more clarity.
Well, if Brian Staveley's point is an existential "life is suffering and everyone dies", I would have picked up a religious and/or philosophical book and read that instead. This book and series are depressing philosophical exploration of suffering, using the literary "semi-hidden narrator pulling the puppet strings" bit.
What a waste of money.
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Characters that developed wonderfully over the previous books regressed to stage one or stopped progressing entirely.Read more