The Providence of Fire

The Providence of Fire

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The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley is the second novel in the epic fantasy series, Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, which began with The Emperor's Blades.

War is coming, secrets multiply and betrayal waits in the wings . . .

The Empire's ruling family must be vigilant, as the conspiracy against them deepens. Having discovered her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies. But few trust her, until she seems marked by the people's goddess in an ordeal of flame.

As Adare struggles to unite Annur, unrest breeds rival armies - then barbarian hordes threaten to invade. And unknown to Adare, her brother Valyn has fallen in with forces mustering at the empire's borders. The terrible choices facing each of them could make war between them inevitable.

Fighting his own battles is their brother Kaden, rightful heir to the throne, who has infiltrated the Annurian capital with two strange companions. While imperial forces prepare to defend a far distant front, Kaden's actions could save the empire, or destroy it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 736 pages
  • 129 x 197 x 46mm | 576g
  • Tor
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1447235819
  • 9781447235811
  • 28,144

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A complex and fast-moving fantasy set in a world where treachery and intrigue are everywhere L. E. Modesitt, Jr. on The Emperor's Blades, Book One
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Sheer quality . . . just keeps giving the reader more and more * FalcataTimes blog * The Providence of Fire completely fulfils my very high expectations . . . it'll be a long wait until the sequel * * This man is leading the way in the Fantasy genre . . . Well done to Mr Staveley, really entertaining reading * * Unexpected plot twists, fascinating characters, brilliant writing . . . It feels like a cross between Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy and Daniel Abraham's Dagger and the Coin series * The SciFiFanLetter blog * In a stunning follow-up to The Emperor's Blades, Brian Staveley builds upon the character-driven adventure of the first book, expanding the history, mythology, and world-building to suitably epic proportions. More than that, The Providence of Fire reveals the treachery of the first book to be merely the opening gambit in a complex, wide-ranging game of conquest and rebellion . . . Most definitely recommended * Beauty in Ruins blog * This. Book. Does. Not. Stop . . . it very hard to put down, and to me that is a huge indicator of a great read . . . The end of this book will leave you wanting to grab for the next one immediately, but it's so good, I don't recommend putting off reading it either. Just go read it * * If you haven't read Staveley yet, then you are missing out. This is a must read series ... The Providence of Fire builds brilliantly on the foundations laid by The Emperor's Blades * The Civilian Reader blog * With The Providence of Fire he proves once again that he is the next big Epic Fantasy writer. There are some big names out there, George R. R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson and Steven Erikson to name a few, but they have to be careful. Brian Staveley might knock them of their place. And I do mean this . . . Get started on this amazing series! * The Book Plank blog * I just loved this book, couldn't put it down. This incredible sequel to The Emperor's Blades was everything I hoped for . . . As a reader, you just can't ask for more than that * * Don't wait until HBO or some film producer pick up the rights before you read this - it's that good . . . Superbly written, sublimely enchanting, utterly engrossing * * I loved every second of it . . . As more and more people discover what a talent Staveley has for creating a full, immersive, magical and exciting world, with characters to match, his popularity will soar. Go and find a first edition of The Emperors Blades while you still can * * Following in the footsteps of George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie and the like . . . Brutal, intriguing and continuing to head toward exciting events and places unknown * Kirkus Reviews * This is what I seek in reading fantasy, authors that go the distance to deliver you a brilliant story ... I was hooked from the first page and I hope to see the release of the sequel soon, this is one of those books that leaves you needing more * The Bookplank blog on The Emperor's Blades, Book One * The Emperor's Blades is a promising start to a new voice in fantasy ... a fantastic and compelling fantasy world * on The Emperor's Blades, Book One * A richly imagined world and vibrant characters . . . an exhilarating adventure * Elspeth Cooper on The Emperor's Blades, Book One * A complex and fast-moving fantasy set in a world where treachery and intrigue are everywhere * L. E. Modesitt, Jr. on The Emperor's Blades, Book One *
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About Brian Staveley

After more than a decade teaching history, religion, and philosophy, Brian Staveley decided to write books, including the epic Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series. He now lives on a steep dirt road in the hills of southern Vermont, where he divides his time between fathering, writing, husbanding, splitting wood, skiing, and exploring old trails. Stiff knees permitting, Brian also still competes in multi-day adventure races. While he hopes that participating in these gruelling events will give him insight into the physical and psychological suffering faced by his characters, it's possible that he's just too dumb to quit. To the dismay of his family, he also sometimes tries to play the banjo.
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Rating details

17,297 ratings
4.13 out of 5 stars
5 37% (6,407)
4 44% (7,586)
3 16% (2,714)
2 3% (494)
1 1% (96)
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