News: Tor Announces 7 Chapters For Free Download


The first seven chapters of Brian Staveley’s latest novel, The Emperor’s Blades, is available for free download, now.


Book CoverYesterday Tor Books announced, via their blog, that chapters one to seven of the upcoming book The Emperor’s Blades, is now available to download for free.

The Emperor’s Blades, Brian Staveley’s new fantasy novel, is the first instalment of a new series called Chronicles Of The Unhewn Throne. The hardcover edition is scheduled to be published by Tor in January 2014, but in the meantime you can download the first seven chapters for free; the links are available below:

iBooks | Kindle | Nook

I have just added The Emperor’s Blades to my ever expanding to read list, and judging by the overwhelmingly positive reviews of those lucky enough to have received advanced review copies, it looks like I’m in for a treat; (fingers crossed.)

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Synopsis From Goodreads

When the emperor of Annur is murdered, his children must fight to uncover the conspiracy—and the ancient enemy—that effected his death.

Kaden, the heir apparent, was for eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, where he learned the inscrutable discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. Their rituals hold the key to an ancient power which Kaden must master before it’s too late. When an imperial delegation arrives to usher him back to the capital for his coronation, he has learned just enough to realize that they are not what they seem—and enough, perhaps, to successfully fight back.

Meanwhile, in the capital, his sister Adare, master politician and Minister of Finance, struggles against the religious conspiracy that seems to be responsible for the emperor’s murder. Amid murky politics, she’s determined to have justice—but she may be condemning the wrong man.

Their brother Valyn is struggling to stay alive. He knew his training to join the Kettral— deadly warriors who fly massive birds into battle—would be arduous. But after a number of strange apparent accidents, and the last desperate warning of a dying guard, he’s convinced his father’s murderers are trying to kill him, and then his brother. He must escape north to warn Kaden—if he can first survive the brutal final test of the Kettral.



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