The holidays are the ideal time to get engrossed in a new book. Why not start with the first seven chapters of The Providence of Fire, the second volume of Brian Staveley’s the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne?
The first book in the series, The Emperor’s Blades, sees the three children of the slain emperor of Annur set out to discover their father’s killer. At the start of The Providence of Fire, with full knowledge of the conspiracy to usurp the emperor’s throne, his heirs must also grapple with one another and their conflicting allegiances. Staveley blends politics with ancient magic, prophecy with present action.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Check out the prologue and Chapters 1-6 of The Providence of Fire on Tor.com. If you’re new to the series, you can also read the first seven chapters of The Emperor’s Blades.