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The Skewed Throne (Throne of Amenkor #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  409 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
One young girl holds the fate of a city in her hands-If she fails, it spells her doom-and the end of her world.Twice in the history of the city of Amenkor, the White Fire had swept over the land. Over a thousand years ago it came from the east, covering the entire city, touching everyone, leaving them unburned-but bringing madness in its wake, a madness that only ended wit ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by DAW (first published 2006)
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Jun 10, 2007 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Skewed Throne is Joshua Palmatier's debut novel, the first in a trilogy set in the city of Amenkor. The heroine is a girl named Varis, self-proclaimed "gutterscum" with the ability to sense threats from those around her.

The strength of Palmatier's book lies in Varis. Varis is a bitter girl, hardened by years of living in the Dredge, but she retains a core of humanity. Her ability to slip into what she calls the river, where threats stand out as splashes of red in the currents of the world a
Nov 29, 2007 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Full review here: http://fantasybookreviewer.blogspot.c...
I was pretty surprised about the high quality of the writing and the story. Its a gritty tale, and there are no wizards, dwarves, elves, etc. Its just a tale about a young girl doing what she can to survive in a hard world. Her circumstances do improve, but the story maintains its focus on the character building, and how Varis (the viewpoint character) comes to discover who she is, and to accept herself despite the harsh actions she has t
Mar 18, 2008 Andi rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly delightful, honestly.

I'd picked this book up because the author did a talk and a reading at a local group thing. He was nice, so I bought his book.

Finally started reading it. Fast, quick read. Interesting main character and world. I knew what her "fate" was because the reading Josh did was from one of the sequels, so I was very interested in how he'd go from how she started to where I knew she was going to finish. I honestly didn't see how it was going to happen for a good part of t
Oct 22, 2008 Dana rated it really liked it
I received this book prior to interviewing the author, who was a math professor at a local college. He's a really fascinating guy, and although I'm not a huge fantasy fan, I really enjoyed this debut novel. Did I mention the author's has a doctorate in math? How bizarre to find someone who works well with both sides of his brain!

Also, this is the first book in a trilogy ... read it!
Nov 04, 2008 Marlene rated it really liked it
It's not easy to keep a character sympathetic and likeable through page after page of gritty hard knocks, but Joshua manages it. This was a book I couldn't wait to get to every day, and I have to confess to staying up too late a couple of nights because I couldn't put it down.

This is a trilogy I will keep reading.
Dec 23, 2008 Liviu rated it did not like it
Shelves: genre-fantasy

Under-average fantasy in both style and story. In a year in which I read so many interesting books, this was one of the worst.
Jun 05, 2011 M— rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
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Apr 23, 2009 David Fortier rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Some stories grip you right from the start and never let go until the book is done and "The Skewed Throne" by Joshua Palmatier is one of those. I found myself reading this novel at every possible moment I could spare, right up until the last word. When the book was completed my only regret was not having more to read.

The story is a great tale about a young girl Varis, surviving on only what food she can steal in an extremely harsh city of Amenkor. Varis has an amazing way of seeing the true natu
Nov 27, 2009 Natalie rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I got this at the penguin sale, along with the 2 sequels. He was signing books, they were fantasy, I figured I'd try it.

Halfway through I'm really really enjoying it. Good find!
Shannon rated it really liked it
Mar 30, 2010
Aug 04, 2010 Annikka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This was the first book I ever read by this author. From what I can tell, it's also his first book. I was sucked in from the moment I started reading. Varis is an interesting character and one that I found I wanted to know more about. By the time I learned more about her, the story was so engrossing I didn't want to put the book down.

It did have a few slow points, but they were very small and it was easy to get past them. The book ended with enough of a hook that it made me want to get my hands
Dec 16, 2010 Music_lover3 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-and-own
Wow, this was really good, definitely better than I expected. I loved the character Varis and her voice. I just had to keep reading more about her and the way the book ended was superb. There were a few problems with the book, but this is a first novel, and despite the problems, it was still really good. I am definitely going to look for the second book.
Oct 11, 2010 Words rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A good debut fantasy novel. The main character strongly reminded me of Vin, from Branden Sanderson's Mistborn series - very stark point of view, very straightforward, does what she thinks needs to be done. I thought the character and plot development were fairly well done, and the story advanced at a good pace. My only complaint is that the initial jump in timelines was confusing. The story actually starts in the past, then jumps forward to the present time, and then continues where it left off ...more
Catherine Schaff-Stump
Mar 13, 2011 Catherine Schaff-Stump rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Excellent back story makes Varis an interesting and well-developed main character. Lots of good description here as well.
Ngc92 rated it really liked it
Aug 23, 2011
This is good start that has its own surprises.

And it isn't like much of the derivative fantasy out there. By that, I'm talking about the dumb farm boy, who gets the talisman/sword from the wise old man, to defeat the Dark Lord of Wherever.

Now if you do go for that derivative fantasy, don't let it get you down. Expand your horizons and go for something different like this book.

Focus is on one character: a close to pubery girl named Varis who lost her mother at a very young age and has become s
Jul 11, 2012 Kat rated it it was ok
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
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Pete Aldin
Jan 22, 2012 Pete Aldin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-reads
This story was a pleasant surprise. Palmatier has done a terrific job of keeping the novel fixed inside one character's point of view while keeping us hooked.

The lead character is a fascinating hero (heroine) and an unlikely one. The magic system is original and interesting. The setting is gritty and lively.

If you're not into trilogies, you'll be pleased to know you can read this book as a stand alone novel without committing to two more (ie., to get the end of the story). That said, I've read a
Dec 30, 2011 Giacomo rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0
Joshua Palmatier has done a very good job with this debut novel. I think it is sometimes difficult for male authors to do female leads, but Joshua pulls it off well with Varis. She is a character you can sink your teeth into, one you feel for, one who is believable. This is not a pretty world he created but a realistic, gritty, nasty place to live--or try to live. Varis faces plenty of hardships and obstacles and they all seem real.

Once or twice I started to feel as if the violence was a little
Jan 01, 2012 Mordie rated it it was amazing
The book tells about a story of Varis. She is 'gutterscum', one of the many homeless and poor who live in the streets. She needs to fight and steal for her food. This book tells her story and how she survives.

It is a rough reading, but it is also a rough world. It is easy to see fantasy town to be like this. The world itself is ugly and beautiful at the same time. People have to work for their living and only rich and powerful will survive.

Varis learns to be powerful. She learns how to fight whe

3 stars

The Skewed Throne is perfectly readable as a stand-alone novel, but also smoothly sets the scene for same world sequels. It's a good, though not astounding debut from a writer who shows promise for growth. Palmatier breaks no new ground in fantasy, but does a nice job of creating credible, engaging characters in an interesting setting. He stumbles from time to time, and fails to ever lift the story into must-read territory, but he creates a pleasant narrative. The
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Lee Brindley rated it liked it
Jul 09, 2012
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Aug 12, 2012
Andrej Zupanic
Aug 13, 2012 Andrej Zupanic rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A quite good fantasy story that actually surprised me. Had it home for quite a while, but never got myself to read it. But when I finally did, I was pleasently surprised. It is a good first part of the trilogy, full of mystery, darkness and blood. A great intro to a fantasy world of magic, greed, power and poverty.
Awesomegirlrocx rated it it was amazing
Oct 24, 2012
Dec 09, 2012 Bücherplanet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Varis lebt im Siel, wo sich der Abschaum und die Mittellosen versammeln. Überleben kann sie schon als Kind nur durch ihre Fähigkeit, die guten, harmlosen Menschen in grau und die böswilligen in rot zu sehen.
Dann trifft sie auf Erick, einen Gardisten der Regentin Amenkors, der ihr Potential erkennt und sie benutzt um Mörder aufzuspüren.
Durch ihn gelangt sie auch ins wahre Amenkor, wo sich ihr Leben drastisch ändert.


Das Buch war wirklich klasse. Ein spitzenmäßiger Auftakt und tatsäc
Martin rated it really liked it
Feb 28, 2013

Die Assassine von Joshua Palmatier war definitiv kein Fehlgriff für mich!

Die junge Varis muss sich seit dem gewaltsamen Tod ihrer Mutter im Elendsviertel der Stadt Amenkor alleine durchschlagen. Mithilfe ihrer Gabe, die ihr anzeigt wer für sie gefährlich ist und wer nicht, versucht sie zu überleben. Eines Tages trifft sie auf Erick, einen Gardisten der Regentin von Amenkor, der ihr anbietet, ihm bei der Suche und Beseitigung von gefährlichen Verbrechern zu helfen. Doch in der Stadt und mi
Lenora Rose
Jan 02, 2015 Lenora Rose rated it it was ok
This books should have been a book I could cheer. The main character is a girl/woman (She grows up from 14 in the course of the book) whose motivation isn't about a man, or men, or anything of the sort. She's driven by survival, desire not to slide back to what she was, a much smothered and denied, but visible, wish to be loved or embraced by family, and conflicted pride in her own rather violent skills. The city-state in which it takes place is ruled by a woman, and always has been, as the succ ...more
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