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The Skewed Throne (Throne of Amenkor #1)

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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 wi ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by DAW (first published 2006)
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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
Bethany Andrews
Varis is a young girl who considers herself "gutterscum." The majority of her childhood was spent as a street orphan, learning to steal to survive. Home is a place called the Dredge, the slums on the outskirts of a once prosperous city called Amenkor. On a daily basis, Varis witnesses unspeakable crimes and actions by others who are fighting to survive, much like she is herself. One day, she meets a seeker named Erick. Erick works directly for the mistress, and when she says someone needs to die ...more
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
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Lenora Rose
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

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
Dec 30, 2011 Giacomo rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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
David Fortier
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

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

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
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
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
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
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
Pete Aldin
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
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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
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!
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.
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.
Andrej Zupanic
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.
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!

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.
Catherine Schaff-Stump
Excellent back story makes Varis an interesting and well-developed main character. Lots of good description here as well.
Doubt I'll bother with the rest of the series though... too many others that interest me more.
Mar 04, 2011 Natalie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm, it turns out this is in German. Not overly useful at this point :-)
i totally loved the book and look forward to reading all his other books.
Pretty good fantasy novel and world. I'll read the sequels.
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Joshua Palmatier was born in Coudersport, PA, but since his father was in the military he moved around. Alot. He's lived in the states of Pennsylvania (three times), Florida (twice), Washington, California (briefly), Virginia, Texas (twice), and now resides in upstate New York. He has spent the majority of his life so far going to school, earning a Bachelors of Science and a Master of Arts degree ...more
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