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The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley
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I wanted to enjoy this book, but couldn't get past two major issues: the inconsistent development of the protagonists' personalities, and horrible writing of the female characters. SPOILER ALERT: the author blatantly fridges the girlfriend, and the Emperor's daughter Adare has about 5 chapters out of the whole book. (For those not familiar with the fridge thing, just google "women in refrigerators"). This book does have a rip-roaring plot and some interesting world building but the potential was quashed by lackluster character development and motivations that often stretched credulity. ( )
  jellyfishjones | Feb 12, 2018 |
This author needs to delete the first 400 pages, then expand the final portion into a full book. There was really long stretches of boring, descriptions that have questionable worth to the plot. Also, rarely was there dialog.

Most characters had the vocabulary of a 10 year and old autistic child.

The world was well described. It was really overly described actually. ( )
  josh513 | Feb 3, 2018 |
The Emperor’s Blades is a rich and engrossing tale that is told from the perspectives of the Emperor’s children, Kayden, Valyn, and Adare. The story starts with the Emperor having been murdered and leaving the Annurian Empire in turmoil. The next Emperor, Kaden, was living in a distant land that would takes months to reach. Kaden may be the next emperor but he knows little to nothing about running an empire. He has been training at a monastery just the same as every first in line son has but he had not reached the part of his training which would have groomed him for the emperor position. I was not the biggest fan of this character, he was very naïve and the religious order he was training under was pretty cruel. They have their reasons but ‘why did it matter for the future emperor?’ was a question running through my mind for most of the book.

Valyn was the other son and even though he learned of his father’s death shortly after it took place he could do nothing about it. He was not the next in line and he was not allowed to leave until his training was complete. Burning with the need to find out why and how his father was murdered, Valyn was also very concerned for his brother’s safety. He knew that there was a good chance that someone was out to assassinate the entire family and they would start with his brother. When it became clear to Valyn that his worst fears were being realized he went rogue in an attempt to save his brother. I liked Valyn’s character the best but he was also a frustrating at the same time. He was the type of character who learned from his lessons slowly but he had the most grit.

Adare had been the only child left in the kingdom because she was a woman. In this society Adare’s only real value was for who she would marry. Although her father had recently made her a minister, something of which was never done, she was scorned and forced to endure the political shenanigans of the Empire in the wake of her father’s death. She would have been the rightful heir if she had not been born a woman but in this patriarchal society she is left to watch as the kingdom was placed into the hands of a regent until her brother Kaden could be brought to his rightful place. Adare was definitely underrepresented in this story but the parts she did have were packed with political machinations and plot reveals.

The Emperor’s Blades is an amazing adventure that takes you through three totally different viewpoints with the death of the emperor being the cause and effect that spins these character’s lives out of control. The world-building is amazing and I loved that I was able to experience three completely different worlds that these characters find themselves in. There were parts of the story that were a bit slow and there was lots of info dumping that came with that but I really enjoyed the experience and as the book went on I become involved in the characters. Of course, I hated how women were treated in this book but I am hoping that with such strong female characters that maybe the story will turn around in that aspect as the series continues. Overall, The Emperor’s Blades was a solid read! ( )
  TheGenreMinx | Dec 27, 2017 |
This is a guy kind of book. Nothing in it that I haven't enjoyed more when written by a female author, primarily because most female author's have their characters getting some enjoyment out of life in a world with at least some attractive magic. This world is pretty barren and if the characters are supposed to be enjoying any part of their lives it doesn't come through. Also, the flow isn't great and every time it gets going at all there is a view point change.
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  quondame | Dec 2, 2017 |
didnt finish it
  benoitjchevalier | Nov 3, 2017 |
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The children of an assassinated emperor try to stay alive and avenge their father's death while continuing down their individual life-paths, one in a monastery, another training with elite soldiers, and one appointed a minister determined to prove herself to her people.… (more)

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