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The Cracked Throne (Throne of Amenkor #2)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  187 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Ruled by the Mistress of the Skewed Throne, the city of Amenkor has weathered attacks by invaders and the plague of madness brought by the mysterious White Fire. On the brink of civil war and mass starvation, the city turns to an inexperienced new Mistress, an orphan who has risen from the slums to claim the power of the Skewed Throne. Can Varis harness her survival skills ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by DAW (first published 2006)
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I enjoyed the 2nd book of this series as much as the first. Varis has become a favorite character of mine. Mr. Palmatier manages to give a lot of time to character study without slowing the story. He has also mastered the trick of how to end a book leaving you wanting more. Probably won't get to the third book until May but I look forward to seeing where he takes us next.
I really really enjoyed The Skewed Throne but The Cracked Throne was even better.

Palmatier's fantasy is, as the critics in the front of the book describe, "gritty." It's not fantasy with happy unicorns and rainbows, it's daggers sliding into people's rib cages. But man can this guy tell a story.

At times I've felt like he's describing too much, but sometimes it's just perfect (and I'm sort of anti-too-much-describing anyway).

These are his first 3 books and I'm looking forward to whatever else he
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I really like this fantasy triology. Varis is a favorite of mine and I love how she copes with the sudden turns in her life. The only small thing I regret is the slightly unbelievable love story between her and William. There are not enough encounters between them to understand why she fells in love with him. She has more interactions with Eric, Westen or even Keven than with William. Especially the relationship with Eric is so well described that one can think they will end up together instead ...more
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I'm an idiot. Officially, this time. Meant to get the first of the trilogy, as you do, and got this instead. I thought it was a bit hard to get into and couldn't figure out why... Won't rate for that reason...
like the first book i just totally loved this book. the author is very talented. i look forward to the next book in this series.
Again, I really enjoyed interviewing this author and I found this an engaging fantasy story.
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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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