Title: The Empire’s Ruin
Series: Ashes of the Unhewn Throne #1
Author: Brian Staveley
Publishing Date: 06.07.2021
Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor’s Blades, gives readers the first book in a new epic fantasy trilogy based in the world of his popular series the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, The Empire’s Ruin.
The Annurian Empire is disintegrating. The advantages it used for millennia have fallen to ruin. The ranks of the Kettral have been decimated from within, and the kenta gates, granting instantaneous travel across the vast lands of the empire, can no longer be used.
In order to save the empire, one of the surviving Kettral must voyage beyond the edge of the known world through a land that warps and poisons all living things to find the nesting ground of the giant war hawks. Meanwhile, a monk turned con-artist may hold the secret to the kenta gates.
But time is running out. Deep within the southern reaches of the empire and ancient god-like race has begun to stir.
What they discover will change them and the Annurian Empire forever. If they can survive.
First of all, before reading The Empire’s ruin by Brian Staveley, you should read the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series. Unfortunately I haven’t read the series but after seeing how amazing Staveley’s world is of course I will read every book he wrote and will write in the future! Also look at this stunning cover! It won my heart before reading the synopsis.
We have 3 POVs: Gwenna, Ruc and Akiil. My favourite is Gwenna because she is such interesting character. A bad ass who knows what she wants and how to achieve it. But all 3 characters have incredible journeys full with mysteries, magic, secrets and twisted situations.
The author knows what he is doing because I couldn’t put the book down. It has 800 pages and never felt like a boring story and he never lost my attention. He knows how to keep you captivated! His books should be on your wishlist for sure, especially if you love epic fantasy books with great adventures and amazing characters.
Thank you so much @blackcrow_pr for the opportunity to read The Empire’s ruin and giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review.