ARC Haul: Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

The wonderful people over at Tor were awesome enough to send me this ARC review copy! Very excited for this book! The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series was amazing! Looking forward to this new book in the same world! Thanks Tor! I can’t wait to read and review!


by Brian Staveley

IS DUE OUT  April 25, 2017!

So go get your copy!








by Brian Staveley

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (April 25, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765389878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765389879


Brian Staveley’s new standalone returns to the critically acclaimed Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne universe, following a priestess-assassin for the God of Death.

Pyrre Lakatur doesn’t like the word skullsworn. It fails to capture the faith and grace, the peace and beauty of her devotion to the God of Death. She is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer―she is a priestess. At least, she will be a priestess if she manages to pass her final trial.

The problem isn’t the killing. Pyrre has been killing and training to kill, studying with some of the most deadly men and women in the world, since she was eight. The problem, strangely, is love. To pass her trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the ten people enumerated in an ancient song, including “the one you love / who will not come again.”

Pyrre is not sure she’s ever been in love. If she were a member of a different religious order, a less devoted, disciplined order, she might cheat. The priests of Ananshael, however, don’t look kindly on cheaters. If Pyrre fails to find someone to love, or fails to kill that someone, they will give her to the god. Pyrre’s not afraid to die, but she hates to quit, hates to fail, and so, with a month before her trial begins, she returns to the city of her birth, the place where she long ago offered an abusive father to the god and abandoned a battered brother―in the hope of finding love…and ending it on the edge of her sword.


“Staveley has quickly become one of my favorite fantasy authors, and his latest doesn’t disappoint. Skullsworn is a brilliant new chapter in a fabulous series.” ―V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author

Praise for Brian Staveley and the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne

“The culmination of Staveley’s trilogy succeeds in every possible way, delivering readers a truly epic tale full of memorable characters, clever politics, an intelligent magic system, brutal battle scenes, and witty dialogue.”―Fantasy Faction, 10/10 Stars on The Last Mortal Bond

“Deeply satisfying.”―Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, on The Last Mortal Bond

“Darker and fiercer than the other two books […] the way Staveley crafts the ending, bringing everything together, is just masterful.” ―Speculative Herald on The Last Mortal Bond

“The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne is a trilogy that’s gone from strength to strength as it’s gone on―that’s gotten not just bigger but measurably better with every increasingly vital volume―and it’s my pleasure to tell you that The Last Mortal Bond is, without question, Staveley’s most impressive and immersive effort yet […] What I didn’t expect was that it would take my breath away. But it did.”―

“Staveley shows how to end a fantasy epic with The Last Mortal Bond.”―io9

“One of the most brutal, gut-wrenching, raw, emotional, masterfully told, brilliantly plotted, beautifully written series I have ever had the pleasure of reading.”―The Book Eaters on The Last Mortal Bond

“A phenomenon like the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne comes along once in a lifetime.”―The Qwillery

“Epic does not even begin to describe this dramatic third and final installment in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne.”―Bibliosanctum

“The perfect ending to a fantastic trilogy.”―Beauty in Ruins on The Last Mortal Bond

“A complex and richly detailed world filled with elite soldier-assassins, mystic warrior monks, serpentine politics, and ancient secrets.” ―Library Journal, starred review, on The Emperor’s Blades



The Emperor’s Blades 

The Providence of Fire

The Last Mortal Bond




BRIAN STAVELEY has taught literature, religion, history, and philosophy, all subjects that influence his writing, and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. He works as an editor for Antilever Press, and has published poetry and essays, both in print and on-line. He lives in Vermont with his wife and young son, and divides his time between running trails, splitting wood, writing, and baby-wrangling. The Last Mortal Bond is his third novel, following The Emperor’s Blades and The Providence of Fire.




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