Liz Currently Loves…The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley.


Coming January from Macmillan – Tor Forge.

Thank you to the author and publisher for the advance copy via netgalley.

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

Now I don’t usually do fantasy novels/sci fi novels unless they are of the Urban or YA variety, but my good (online) friend Cory raved about this one SO much that I just could not resist taking a look. Well there are good decisions then there are GREAT decisions, this one turned out to be a great one because it was fantastic.

Right from the start I was TOTALLY absorbed in this world that Mr Staveley has created here – with its rich landscape and extraordinarily well drawn characters, all of them compelling and intriguing. The story is beautifully complicated yet well flowing and intelligent, an absolute page turner of the highest order.

The author deftly weaves several layers of plot, creating a world of intrigue and betrayal then pulls it all together as we head for a terrific conclusion.

I do like a clever book as anyone that follows my reviews knows – when you have a story that is  both sophisticated and challenging, yet immensely readable then you know you are onto a good thing. This is a good thing!

I could probably go on for hours. And hours. But a delightful experience awaits you should you choose to pick up this particular novel and therefore I shall not spoil a single moment. I knew nothing going in bar the fact that one of my friends enjoyed it so much that she went into Rabid Fangirl Mode. Which trust me, she doesnt do often. I’m currently considering switching to that mode myself….

Happy Reading Folks!


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