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Providence of fire
Staveley, Brian, author.
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New York : Tor, 2015.
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606 pages : map ; 25 cm.
The world of the Annurian Empire is an ambitiously drawn one. Adare, Valyn, and Kaden, the three children of the assassinated emperor, go their separate ways and find themselves embroiled in inevitable conflict.
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"Tom Doherty Associates book."
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Brian Staveley's The Providence of Fire, the second novel in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, a gripping new epic fantasy series.

The conspiracy to destroy the ruling family of the Annurian Empire is far from over.

Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

Unknown to Adare, her brother Valyn, renegade member of the empire's most elite fighting force, has allied with the invading nomads. The terrible choices each of them has made may make war between them inevitable.

Between Valyn and Adare is their brother Kaden, rightful heir to the Unhewn Throne, who has infiltrated the Annurian capital with the help of two strange companions. The knowledge they possess of the secret history that shapes these events could save Annur or destroy it.

Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne
The Emperor's Blades
The Providence of Fire
The Last Mortal Bond

Other books in the world of the Unhewn Throne
Skullsworn (forthcoming)

Author Notes

BRIAN STAVELEY lives in rural Vermont. He is the author of The Emperor's Blades and The Providence of Fire.

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Booklist Review

The world of the Annurian Empire is an ambitiously drawn one. In this volume, the second in the series, the three children of the assassinated emperor go their separate ways and find themselves embroiled in inevitable conflict. Adare flees the Dawn Palace when she learns the true identity of her father's killer; her initial plan falls apart, but she is apparently touched by the goddess Intarra and successfully raises an army and has a brush with legend. When her enemy tells her of the impending invasion from the nomadic death-worshipping Urghul, though, she makes an uneasy alliance. Valyn, stranded and captured by the Urghul, along with the fighters he commands, makes an alliance of his own with their leader. Meanwhile, Kaden and his mysterious companions make their way back to the capital; along the way, he learns some difficult truths, and there is some question as to whether the empire will be saved or whether the end of civilization is at hand. The unfolding of the secret history of the world is a promising sign for future installments.--Schroeder, Regina Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Three long-separated children of a murdered emperor scramble to secure allies in this sprawling sequel to 2014's The Emperor's Blades. Adare, having mistakenly persecuted the Church of Intarra, identifies the true leader of the coup and flees to recruit the religious exiles. Elite soldier Valyn, saving his older brother from a massacre, plots a campaign to cross steppes teeming with barbarian Urghul horse riders, hoping to find and execute a murderer. Kaden, still struggling with the monastic training that allows him to use an ancient system of teleport gates, discovers that the legendary gate-builders and foes of humanity are alive and taking part in human affairs. As are the gods, personally. Staveley nicely complicates the moral scheme with plausible-sounding villains and shaky political alliances, but the appearance of immortals and legends threatens to drown out his mortal protagonists, and the realizations and reversals seem to stem from plot needs more than character development. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

A coup in The Emperor's Blades left the emperor of Annur dead and his children scattered. Here Adare and her brothers are gathering allies to recover what their family lost. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.