Win a Copy of The Providence of Fire!

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Earlier today, we mentioned that Brian Staveley’s latest novel, The Providence of Fire, is now out in stores!

We’d like to give away a copy of the book courtesy of Tor books. To win, leave a comment on this post! We’ll e-mail the winner at the end of the week.

Here’s what the book is about:

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.

Release Day for Providence of Fire

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The second book in Brian Staveley’s Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne series, The Providence of Fire, comes out today!

Here’s what it’s about:

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.

You can purchase the book at all good bookstores!

Brian Staveley’s The Last Abbot: Unlocked

Last year, Brian Staveley issued a challenge to readers: he had hidden clues in a number of copies of his debut novel, The Emperor’s Blades, and scattered them around bookstores in the country, with instructions on what to do. With each discovered book, part of a story online was unveiled: The Last Abbot of Ashk’lan.

Now, the entire story has been unveiled, and you can read it here!

Providence of Fire gets Starred Kirkus Review

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Kirkus Reviews is one of the major review outlets for books (disclaimer: I write a column for them), and Brian Staveley’s upcoming fantasy novel, The Providence of Fire just earned a starred review from them!

Following in the footsteps of George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie and the like, Staveley doesn’t hesitate to treat his protagonists harshly, subjecting them to utter privation and pain, devastating betrayals and the vast uncertainty that results when long-distance communication between potential allies is impossible (ah, for the magical equivalent of a cellphone!).

Read the review “here.

New Books In Science Fiction Interviews Brian Staveley

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New Books in Science Fiction interviews Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor’s Blades:

In his interview on New Books in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Staveley describes the three types of tension that power good storytelling: psychological, social, and environmental. “If you’re writing a mountaineering story,” he explains, “the psychological tension might be one character’s fear of heights, and the social tension might be that two of the characters on the expedition hate each other, and then the environmental tension would be that there are constant avalanches trying to destroy them. And I think the stories I like … combine all three of those.”

Listen to the podcast here.

Book Giveaway For The Providence of Fire

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Over on Goodreads, Brian Staveley is giving away a signed ARC (advance reading copy) of The Providence of Fire, his second novel in the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne trilogy, along with a signed hardcover of the first volume in the series, The Emperor’s Blades.

Here’s the plot:

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 is 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.

Enter here!