Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Emperor's Blades Review up at Buzzy Mag

The good people at Buzzy Mag have published another review I wrote for them. The review is for the debut novel by Brian Staveley, The Emperor's Blades. The first couple of paragraphs and a link are below. Check it out and feel free to share:

There is an event in our lives that generally challenges us but makes us better people in the long run, though we don’t always see it at the time. Sometimes we undergo these events willingly such as military training. Other times they sneak up on us unexpectedly like the long hospital stay of a child. The skills we learn can help us the rest of our lives. But what if we were royalty that had to lead millions of people? Even if the training lasted half of our lives would it be enough, would it give us the skills necessary?

The emperor of Annur has been assassinated and there is a plot against the rest of his line. Only his children were not sitting around idly waiting for the old man to croak so they can take over. His daughter, Adare (who due to her gender is unable to ascend the throne), has worked her way up to the Minister of Finance and is the first child to know of her father’s death and starts at once on a plan to avenge him. His son, Valyn, in training to be one of the most elite soldiers in Annur the Kettral. When he hears of his father’s death he is unable to leave or mourn. He must complete his training but something else is on his mind. His brother, Kaden, is the true heir to the throne and he has spent the last eight years in a remote monastery training to be a monk that he will in turn use as training to be a ruler. More...

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