Press & Reviews for Providence of Fire


Brian Staveley’s Providence of Fire is coming out next week, and already, reviews and coverage are starting to come in. Here’s a sample of what’s come out recently:

Staveley wrote a piece for Tor/Forge’s blog: Three Ekphrastic Dialogues; or NO DUAL WIELDING UNTIL BOOK THREE.

Tenacious Reader enjoyed the book:

The end of this book will leave you wanting to grab for the next one immediately, but it’s so good, I don’t recommend putting off reading it either. Just go read it. Deal with with the wait. You can’t forget how it ends, so don’t worry about that.

Niall Alexander on also enjoyed it:

At the end of the day, I dare say I enjoyed The Emperor’s Blades. My reservations, however, came back to me in a flash when the time came to see about the sequel. By taking the better part of a hundred pages to begin, it doesn’t put its best foot forward, I’m afraid… but beyond that? Boy oh boy. The Providence of Fire stands as a lesson in a sense: that great things can spring from small beginnings.

abouttogetreal has an interview with Staveley:

Anyway, The Emperor’s Blades was definitely one of the best books I read in 2014 and I was pretty excited when Brian Staveley agreed to an interview. Coming from an academic background with a strong interest in poetry, Brian Staveley definitely brings a unique perspective to his writing. One of the first things that the reader will notice is that unlike alot of other personality-driven fantasy novels where the setting itself is not one of the main characters, is that the societies, religions, and history are all very well thought-out and not simply your generic medieval Western European culture with wizards and gnomes and whatnot thrown in for good measure, which helps keep the writer from having to do any serious world-building of their own. Brian Staveley also maintains a blog with a ton of great resources for an aspiring fantasy author. OK, enough from me. Let’s move on to the interview:

Finally, Dartmouth College has published an interview with Staveley:

When he is not blogging about epic fantasy or spending time outside in Vermont, author and blogger Brian Staveley ’98 works on his trilogy “Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne.” The second book in the series, “The Providence of Fire” comes out Jan. 13.

Read the interview here.

Win a Copy of Providence of Fire!


Goodreads is giving away 10 copies of Brian Staveley’s upcoming novel, The Providence of Fire. Enter here.

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 have until November 28th to enter.