Book Review: The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley

My review today is for:

The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Book 3)

by Brian Staveley

A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.

I read and absolutely loved the first two books of this series. One of my new favorite fantasy series and authors. So I had some high expectations going into this book. Alas all of those expectations were met. What a utterly amazing ending to a fabulous fantasy series!

The continued adventures of Valyn, Kaden, and Adare. This series has it all, Marvelous characters, vast and complex world building, and Kettral, never forget the Kettral! This particular book stands out to me just because of the coming to a head of so many story lines and plot details. So much anticipation and finally the ending to it all. I am a little sad it is over, but still I am extremely satisfied.

In conclusion, I just want to say this book, and series are fantastic and an instant favorite of mine. I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for us next. May I suggest any and everything to do with the Kettral Mr. Staveley! I need more Kettral!

As you know if you have read my reviews before I am not about long reviews with synopsis and spoilers. I just give my opinion on my experience with this book and you can take it from there. Now on to the next book.

4.5/5 Stars!


Check out my other reviews for this series:

Book Review: The Providence of Fire (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #2) by Brian Staveley

Book Review: The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #1) by Brian Staveley




The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Book 3)

by Brian Staveley

The trilogy that began with The Emperor’s Blades and continued in The Providence of Fire reaches its epic conclusion, as war engulfs the Annurian Empire in Brian Staveley’s The Last Mortal Bond

The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

But the three imperial siblings at the heart of it all–Valyn, Adare, and Kaden–come to understand that even if they survive the holocaust unleashed on their world, there may be no reconciling their conflicting visions of the future.

“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

“Deeply satisfying.”―Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

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

“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

“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


The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Book 1)

The Providence of Fire


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 is the author of the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne (The Emperor’s Blades, Providence of Fire, The Last Mortal Bond). He lives in Vermont with his wife and young son, and divides his time between running trails, splitting wood, writing, and baby-wrangling.



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