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The Providence of Fire: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book II Paperback – December 8, 2015
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“Brutal, intriguing and continuing to head toward exciting events and places unknown.” ―Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“Epic adventure that ratchets up the action and muddies the waters, all while completely throwing all expectations out the window....We can't wait to see what happens next.” ―io9
“Book Two finishes on a knife-edge and where it goes from here is anyone's guess.” ―Fantasy Faction
“It's rare that a book comes along and blows my frigging mind. It's even rarer when an author can pull this off not once, but twice. Brian Staveley pulled this off. Hard.” ―Lit Chick Hit List
“Superbly written, sublimely enchanting, utterly engrossing, grabs-you-by-the-throat-and-refuses-to-let-go, and then you're a shell of a person once you're finished. Brian Staveley is not only an invaluable new voice to the epic fantasy genre, and the literary world at large, but he's on his way to being one of the greats.” ―The Book Geek
“... a stunning follow-up to The Emperor's Blades ...” ―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 Providence of Fire is his second novel, following The Emperor's Blades.
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This book took a bit to develop. The first 200 pages were a little slow and the plot took awhile to wind up. But once the build-up was completed, the story took on a pace that was breathtaking and lived up to the promise of the first book. And the ending? Leaves you wanting so much more in the best way possible!
This is a great fantasy series. I would give it easily a 4.5 star rating. The characters are complicated and the story takes you to unexpected places. I can't wait to read the third book.
As the story evolved I found myself caring less and less about the outcome. I couldn't decide who to root for and if I should care at all for the characters. They were just running all over the place without a clear path. New enemies kept appearing left and right and at no point it was clear what's the point behind all the running and killing.
I will keep looking forward new books from the author but I don't care about the series anymore
The unfolding stories of the three children of the murdered emperor; Adare, Kaden, & Valyn do not disappoint. As others have already noted, Adare may have gotten the least 'page time' in the first book but she gets plenty here. Their trials are fraught with twists and turns behind every turn of the page. Add an incredible cast of characters to go with them; most of whom are far, far more than they seem and Mr. Staveley's brought us a truly rich, vibrant, immersive world to jump into.
Mr. Staveley, more Flea!
Longer Answer: If you liked The Emperor's Blades, you should DEFINITELY read it. And if you only kinda liked The Emperor's Blades, you should probably still definitely read it. If you HATED EVERYTHING ABOUT THE EMPERORS BLADES, then you probably shouldn't read this book. That said, it could surprise you.
Longest answer: Here's what I loved about it most:
The world seems to get a whole lot bigger, and since the rich world Stavely created was one of the strongest aspects of The Emperor's Blades, this is a very good thing. Imagination overload. From the history that's revealed to the new characters, Kentas, and continually complex politics, the whole book seems to use TEB as a springboard to dive really, really deep. Super fun stuff.
Meanwhile, the characters manage to grow and deepen right with it - they all seem to come into their own in Providence in a way that I feel that they were just poised for in TEB.
One thing TEB left me hankering for was more Adaire. In The Providence of Fire I definitely got to scratch that itch. Watching her develop in this story was immensely satisfying.
However: Now I'm left with the same problem I had with TEB. I want to read the rest of the story NOW, but I have to wait another 10 months. Lame.
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I enjoyed this book just as much as the first book. I can only hope the final book in the trilogy is just as good!Read more