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The Last Mortal Bond

(Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  15,808 ratings  ·  1,078 reviews
The climactic third and final novel in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne
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.

The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the
Kindle Edition, 897 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Tor Books
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Guy It feels like the book took everything about the series that I liked and made sure that it died drowning in it's own blood. The third book in the seri…moreIt feels like the book took everything about the series that I liked and made sure that it died drowning in it's own blood. The third book in the series was such a disappointment, the only likable characters were Gwenna and the rest of the wing. Valyn, Adare and Kaden were all either turned into hateful monsters throughout this book or simply made really boring. I almost wish I'd never started reading the series if I knew it would end up this way.(less)

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Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 Stars

The Last Mortal Bond, the last book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy by Brian Staveley provides a great and fitting conclusion to the series
but admittedly as the last book of the trilogy, there were some disappointing sections. This is a really hard book for me to review, there are a lot of factors I liked and disliked at the same time. It’s in my opinion that out of the entire trilogy, this is the weakest installment. Don't get me wrong, it was really good especially du
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017, fantasy
1.) The Emperor's Blades ★★★★★
2.) The Providence of Fire ★★★★★

Okay, let me pick my heart up from the floor and try to write a review for this conclusion masterpiece. This whole series was a roller-coaster, but this last and final book was just me experiencing love and heartbreak over and over. Seriously, the range of emotions this series made me feel is indescribable, but mostly I was an incoherent mess while reading. Not only does Brian Staveley write love so seamlessly and perfect, but he writ
Boom. All time favorite shelf.

How do you teach someone who has never seen a fire how to build one? Do you detail the basic principle of air + fuel + heat? Start at its most basic structure? Explain all the kindling one must first lay if you want the flame to last? And from there, what next? The tinder and the spark? How to array the larger logs to keep them burning long into the night?

The same dilemma holds true for this series. Like fire, these books are something that have to be experienced f
Robin (Bridge Four)
Actual Writing - 5 stars
Story – 2 stars (sorry I hated most of it)
Overall Rating – 3 Stars

I’ve tried to start this review five times now and I’m just not sure what to say or even how to rate this book. The trouble is the writing is beautiful. There are so many great prose in this that I can’t deny that it is beautifully written and that Stavely has a talent for a turn of phrase
It was strange the way that people venerated truth. Everyone seemed to strive for it, as though it were some unalloye
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2016/03/15/b...

Wow! What a long way these characters have come since The Emperor’s Blades, and also what great strides Brian Staveley has made as a writer and storyteller. Epic does not even begin to describe this dramatic third and final installment in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy, which brings everyone back together for one explosive finale.

Things sure weren’t looking too good for the three imperial siblings, last we left
Em Lost In Books
Mar 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF at 52%.

tried very hard but with each chapter it is getting tough to go on. story is going nowhere, characters are getting more dumber. I just couldn't do it anymore. Reading became a chore than the joy i read books for. :/
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fantasy-grim
*** 4.44 ***

A buddy read with the Fantasy enthusiasts at BB&B!

I am not sure I should be writing this review right now... I just finished the book and my whole being is one giant ball of emotions!!! I want to jump from happiness that I was privileged to read this awesome series, I want to scream at the characters in warning when they were being stupid, and I just want to cry because it finished and the ending was heartbreaking to me... Not that it did not make perfect sense - it did. But my soul
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed ''The Emperor's Blades'' because it was a great build up. I loved ''The Providence of Fire'' because it was an action packed thrilling ride. And this one...Even though this was the most interesting one in the trilogy because there was much going on, I expected it to be more epic, I expected it to amaze me, but unfortunately that wasn't the case. Close, but no cigar.

One of the most important things in a book, for me, is a main character I can connect with on some level, main character I
Deborah Obida
I expected more from this book but

Hope, as usual, proved to be a miserable bitch.

And yes that is an actual quote from the book, to say that I am disappointed in this series is an understatement, This series has so much potential, I expected so much from this book, but when I finished it, I was like is that all, the whole book is 800+ pages, the final battle took just like 100 pages, and 50 out of that 100 pages is filled with internal monologue. The villains were so lame, and don’t even get
Absolutely fucking brilliant.

“The ancient Csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies clash outside the capital city; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuvre on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; on the islands of the Kettral, the survivor’s of Valyn’s wing return to their origins, only to find the nothing is as it was; and all the while, capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of
A better writer than I could maybe do justice to the absolute magnificence that is this series - The Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne. I sit here, having just finished the third (and final) book in the trilogy, and am at a loss.

The Emperor's Blades made Brian Staveley one of my favorite authors ever, The Providence of Fire affirmed that, but The Last Mortal Bond has ensured that this series will always remain a favorite, one that I'll read and re-read many times throughout my life, one that will
Stefan Bach
Oct 31, 2015 rated it liked it
“Shatter the parents and the children crumble.”

The Last Mortal Bond is an epic conclusion to The Unhewn Throne trilogy.
Considering that this is a final book in trilogy - that you have already decided if you’ll read it, formed your opinion of it if you have started it, but most of all that, sadly, everything I have said about previous two books still stands for this one - I’ll be brief.

Even though it’s an epic conclusion it’s only partially satisfying.
Characters that were thr
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This ended up being a tough book for me to rate as I liked some things and hated others. Over the course of the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series I think Brian Staveley has improved as a writer in some areas and badly weakened in others. On the whole I liked this final book in the series, but I was also left a bit frustrated as I felt it could have been so much better.

The Good.

I think Staveley has really improved when it comes to moving his story on at an exciting and fast pace. The plot an
Mayim de Vries
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. I don't think anything is going to come close to this trilogy in a little while. I already pity the next book I'll be reading. ...more
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-epic
With the publication of The Last Mortal Bond, Brian Staveley bids a fond farewell to The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne. Looking back on the scope of the story and impact it's had upon the genre, it's hard to believe the first book only hit shelves a little more than 2 years ago - and even hard to believe it was his debut work.

This is the kind of series that has only gotten bigger and bolder as it's gone on. The first seemed a rather intimate, close-knit tale of family legacies, woven with the t
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
This is going to be a very quick review but I want to sit down later and think it a bit more!

In essence, an amazing conclusion to one of my favorite series of the year (and I read plenty of great series this year!), a series that has amazing characters, amazing story lines, depth in character development, complex intertwining stories, smooth writing and great use of the world!

If you have not started this series yet and you love fantasy, this is a series you should get familiar with. It is fairly
Jan 10, 2015 marked it as to-read
ETA: 1/26/2016

Prologue and Chapter One on Tor.com

I am not a huge fan of prologue usually, but Staveley writes his particularly well. This one is also effective.

ETA: 9/15/2015

According to Staveley, the finished length of The Last Mortal Bond is 290K words which makes it the longest book in series.
He also signed for four more stand alone novels, and some of them will be set in the same world. Judging by The Last Abbot of Ashk’lan, short story he wrote about Akiil, Kaden's friend- this is great n
Dec 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Well, there is no way I can do this book, or more specifically this trilogy, the justice it would deserve with a review. What I can say is that I absolutely loved reading this. I noted in the review of the first book that I had been saving that book for a time when I needed a comfort read, and how well that worked. I can say now that this entire trilogy fits that bill for me. It was exactly what I needed to read right now. It was such a good story, with such richness of character and plot. It's ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-the-book
Wow, what a trilogy :) I am so glad I loved it, and all three covers are also gorgeous...I really needed a good fantasy series to sweep me away and its exactly what The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne did.

In this book it really shows how the characters have grown more serious and to their full potential by learning through hardships. Gwenna is my all time favourite...damn what a cool character...I love her goatfucking swearing, I love to swear. And along with Nira who really knows her words, this
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
When I reviewed the first book in this trilogy, The Emperor’s Blades, I compared it to Grandma’s chocolate chip cookies. Sure, neither the writing nor the characters nor the plot of this Epic Fantasy were surprising or genre-advancing, but the whole package was just plain tasty. It made me nostalgic for my childhood, in which I’d often skip school to read sci-fi & fantasy.

In continuing with this metaphor, this last book reminded me of cookies that, well… that just plain don’t taste right. Someth
Michael Sliter
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 The conclusion of the Unhewn Throne trilogy, The Last Mortal Bond did not disappoint. Brian Staveley is just such an excellent writer, able to weave words together in a way that flows so easily, so naturally, that you almost forget you are reading. By far one of the best writers out there from a pure mechanics standpoint.

The story itself does have some ups and downs. Gwenna and Valyn, our warrior-types, have the best POVs. Valyn, especially, becomes a very dark tale. It has been interestin
4.5 Stars

This took me quite long to read but I don't have anything to complain about. The ending wasn't the happier ending I was hoping for, actually it was pretty depressing, but it just fit the story.
I would love to see more of the world - or maybe even the characters? - in future books.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I am not pleased with that ending 😒
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant... simply brilliant. That's how you write epic fantasy. Full review to come. ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Much praise and respect to Brian Staveley for what he has achieved with this series. The last Mortal bond is a worthy conclusion and is my best book in this trilogy.

Honestly I lack words to describe how awesome this book is and how much I enjoyed it. When I reflect on the series as a whole all I can think is I’m happy I undertook this amazing journey, I’m happy I witnessed the power and expressive beauty of imagination.

A lot was promised. A lot was delivered.
Suzanne Baker
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this book, and it is a stunning and satisfying conclusion to Brian Staveley's trilogy. Darker, and perhaps more violent than the first two books, it inexorably brings all of the plot lines from the earlier books together in a fast paced narrative that I found impossible to put down. Even more than in the first two books, the reader comes to deeply know each of the major characters. The reader is pulled into the journeys of each of the three children ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review from The Speculative Herald: http://www.speculativeherald.com/2016...

4.5/5 stars

The Last Mortal Bond is a truly epic conclusion to the The Unhewn Throne trilogy. I just can’t stress enough how much I feel Staveley has grown as a writer since Emperor’s Blades. I felt the first book, The Emperor’s Blades, was unfairly over hyped, setting a level of expectation that I just didn’t feel like the book could live up to. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely enjoyed it or I would not have read on, but
Executive Summary: Not as good as the first book, but probably better than the second. I found this to be a pretty good conclusion to a good series that didn't quite live up to it's potential.

Audiobook: Simon Vance is awesome. I just find him a bit quiet at times. I wish the audio people would adjust his volume up a little bit. He does a variety of voices and speaks with great inflections making this series a big plus in audio.

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Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
I’ve never had a book that was simultaneously so gripping and so infuriating as this one.

I’ll start with the good. The pacing was great. The prose, while nothing special, faded into the background and swept me along nicely. There are some really cool characters. (Well, there’s Gwenna.) And Staveley has some really cool ideas.

Which leads me to my first complaint: way too many ideas. Elite commandos who operate from the back of a giant bird of prey. Immortal beings of nefarious purpose living amon
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