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The Cracked Throne (Throne of Amenkor #2)

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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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Mar 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
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.
Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Al Burke
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Cracked Throne is the second in Joshua Palmatier's trilogy. The first, The Skewed Throne, was a solid affair as the protagonist, Varis, rose from urchin to city ruler courtesy of her power to control the River (a power akin to the Force) and hence the titular Skewed Throne.
The Cracked Throne carries over from where "Skewed" left off, with the exception that Varis was no longer negotiating the dangerous streets of the Dredge, but discovering that ruling a city was little different, except wi
Januar 2016 Second Time Reading

Der 2. Band der Trilogie hat allen meinen Ansprüchen genügt. Varis gehört inzwischen zu meinen Lieblingsheldinnen, weil sie einfach sie selbst bleibt, mit all ihren Fehlern und Stärken. Die sehr gut ausgearbeiteten Nebencharaktere sind einer der großen Stärken von Joshua Palmatier und einfach ein Genuss zum Lesen. Die Spannung bleibt im gesamten Buch erhalten und steigert sich dann noch mal bis zum Schluss. Bei meiner Lieblingsstelle (view spoiler)
Aug 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2011
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
Aug 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Xenia Krutsch
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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...
Dec 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, I really enjoyed interviewing this author and I found this an engaging fantasy story.
Paula Marlene
Wirr. Dieses Buch ist extrem unübersichtlich und ungeordnet.
Vielleicht liegt es daran, dass ich nicht mit dem ersten Band vertraut bin.
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Joshua Palmatier started writing science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories in the eighth grade, when the teacher assigned a one page Twilight Zone-ish short story. He wrote a story about Atlantis. It was from the perspective of one of the inhabitants as he escaped in a spaceship, watching his world being destroyed by water from one of the viewports of the ship. He got an A. Joshua hasn' ...more
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Throne of Amenkor (3 books)
  • The Skewed Throne (Throne of Amenkor, #1)
  • The Vacant Throne (Throne of Amenkor, #3)