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I live on a long dirt road in rural Vermont where I divide my time between mountain biking with my son, trying to play piano music that is far too difficult for me, running trails, doing laundry, splitting wood, thinking I really ought to wash the kitchen floor and then not, cursing at the pie crust for sticking to the surface, drinking beers with friends out by the firepit, and sometimes trying to write books.

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Brian Staveley Fire away.

I taught ancient world history as well as comparative religion for a bunch of years, and the influences from real-world history are legion.…more
Fire away.

I taught ancient world history as well as comparative religion for a bunch of years, and the influences from real-world history are legion. Just to pick a few:
The Shin monks pull from Buddhism, Taoism, and Shinto, (though, of course, their religions is very different from any of the above).
The Annurian Empire, in terms of population, level of technology, extent of trade, etc, is similar to Tang era China. It is NOT Tang China, there are hundreds of differences, but that provided a jumping-off point.
The Kettral were my attempt to make a fantasy version of modern special forces, something I hadn't really seen done before.
The conflict between the Church of Intarra and the Unhewn Throne has myriad historical precedents all over the world.

As far as research goes, most of the initial inspiration came from the work I was doing to prepare my classes. I have, however, read plenty of books and articles while I was writing my own books to fill in some blanks and to glean more inspiration...(less)
Brian Staveley Thanks for the question. I think it's a valid criticism of the first book, taken on its own. I'm optimistic, however, that anyone who continues with t…moreThanks for the question. I think it's a valid criticism of the first book, taken on its own. I'm optimistic, however, that anyone who continues with the story will find women -- all sorts of women -- doing a lot more than minding the store. There's a reason that Adare figures front and center on both the US and UK covers of The Providence of Fire. Wish I could say more, but almost everything is a spoiler!(less)
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The Empire's Ruin

Happy New Year, folks!

A quick note to let you know that I just handed in (this morning) the author-reviewed copyedited manuscript of THE EMPIRE'S RUIN. It's big, my longest book yet, weighing in at 301,000 words.

This one's the start of a new trilogy. You might recognize a certain red-haired Kettral demolitions expert on the cover. She's one of three POV characters. There's also a whole new contin Read more of this blog post »
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Cillian Hi, Brian. Thank you for your friendship. I will be reading The Emperor's Blades soon--it's on my 2017 reading list.


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Brian Staveley S.M. wrote: "Can't wait to get my hands on an e-copy of this book..."

Tor has been doing some giveaways of the ARCs. I'll try to let you know the next time one comes up. There have also been a couple up on Ebay, but they've ended up being pretty pricey... Glad that you're interested!

Best,
Brian


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S.M. Muse Can't wait to get my hands on an e-copy of this book...


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