Waiting on Wednesday 58

October 23, 2013 Bookish 6

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows readers to showcase eagerly awaited upcoming releases.

This week I’ve picked The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

  • Expected publication: January 16th 2014 by Tor UK
  • Series: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Goodreads / The Book Depository

The circle is closing. The stakes are high. And old truths will live again . . .

The Emperor has been murdered, leaving the Annurian Empire in turmoil. Now his progeny must bury their grief and prepare to unmask a conspiracy.

His son Valyn, training for the empire’s deadliest fighting force, hears the news an ocean away. He expected a challenge, but after several ‘accidents’ and a dying soldier’s warning, he realizes his life is also in danger. Yet before Valyn can take action, he must survive the mercenaries’ brutal final initiation.

Meanwhile, the Emperor’s daughter, Minister Adare, hunts her father’s murderer in the capital itself. Court politics can be fatal, but she needs justice. And Kaden, heir to an empire, studies in a remote monastery. Here, the Blank God’s disciples teach their harsh ways – which Kaden must master to unlock their ancient powers. When an imperial delegation arrives, he’s learnt enough to perceive evil intent. But will this keep him alive, as long-hidden powers make their move?

You know how much I love epic covers, and this cover screams READ ME! So I shall, hopefully!

The story sounds amazing, and I think it’s exactly the kind of book I’ll love, so I’m looking forward to it with bated breath!

Here are the details of the US version:

  • Expected publication: January 14th 2014 by Tor Books US
  • Series: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Goodreads / The Book Depository

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.

The two blurbs are quite different, and I like the contrast between the covers. I also like that the cast hasn’t been white-washed in the US version 🙂

I’d love to see what you are waiting on … please leave links and I’ll be sure to check them out!

6 Responses to “Waiting on Wednesday 58”

  1. Tanja

    How could I miss this book! It sounds so good. I haven’t seen it before. I must say that I prefer UK cover. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  2. Johanna

    I also prefer the UK cover. But the blurb does sound interesting. I love my occasional piece of epic or high fantasy. There’s no better way to escape into another reality. Thanks for sharing!

    Here’s my WoW!

  3. Lanaia

    I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this one before! You always have such great picks! Thanks, I’ll add it to my to-read list 🙂

  4. Bob

    Awesome pick. That’s one of those rare fantasy novels where I actually prefer the US cover to the UK one.

    Here’s my WOW

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