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Skullsworn: A Novel in the World of The Emperor's Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne) Hardcover – April 25, 2017

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“A lyrical, bloodsoaked, impossible quest that's sure to entertain.”―Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author

“Staveley has quickly become one of my favorite fantasy authors, and his latest doesn't disappoint.
Skullsworn is a brilliant new chapter in a fabulous series." ―V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author

“A warm, funny, character-focused novel which is also darkly charming, bloody, and lethal. It was very, very hard to put down, and had an emotional punch to match its high adrenaline moments.” ―
Sci Fi and Fantasy Reviews

“Entertaining and well-told.” ―

“Lush, evocative descriptions sharpen the setting, which recalls Southeast Asia. Visceral action scenes and memorable characters bring this tale to life.” ―
Publishers Weekly

“A stunning prequel that actually lives up to the original trilogy's legacy […] Staveley has proven himself to be a master of world-building, character development, and sheer storytelling.” ―
Beauty in Ruins

“Pleasantly grim and emotionally complex.” ―
Kirkus Reviews

“Full of surprises […} more inventive and grisly than I could have imagined.” ―
Fantasy Faction, 9/10 stars

“A highly engrossing fantasy world […] amazing characters.”―
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“Intricately plotted and masterfully told” –
The Alliterates

“Perfectly bleak… brilliantly enjoyable” –
Rapture in Books

“Do yourself a favor: read
Skullsworn.You won’t regret it.” –GrimdarkMAGAZINE

“Highly recommended, especially for fans of female characters that like to kick ass and not follow the rules.” –
The Speculative Herald

“Engrossing…” –

“A great read with tons of action and humor… I loved it.” –
The Blogin’ Hobgoblin

“Staggeringly wonderful” –
Bookish Things

“Excellent characters… great world-building…fabulous fight scenes… an excellent book” –
SciFi Fan Letter

“An outstanding novel on every level.” –

“A must for fantasy fans” –
Books of All Kinds

“A fantastic standalone book with a very satisfying conclusion – well thought out and written incredibly well.” ―
The Bookbag

“Intricately plotted and masterfully told.” ―
The Alliterates

About the Author

Brian Staveley has an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. He works as an editor for Antilever Press, and has published poetry and essays, both in print and on-line. He is the author of The Emperor's Blades.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Books; 1st Edition (April 25, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0765389878
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0765389879
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.39 x 1.14 x 9.41 inches
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 331 ratings

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After teaching literature, philosophy, history, and religion for more than a decade, Brian began writing epic fantasy. His books have won multiple awards and been translated into a dozen languages worldwide. His forthcoming novel, The Empire's Ruin, begins a new trilogy set in the same world of the crumbling Annurian Empire.

Brian lives on a steep dirt road in the mountains of southern Vermont, where he divides his time between fathering, writing, splitting wood, falling off his mountain bike, and chasing the bear away from the trash, not necessarily in that order. He can be found on twitter at @brianstaveley, as well as through his website:

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