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The Providence of Fire

(Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  17,816 ratings  ·  1,025 reviews
Brian Staveley's The Providence of Fire, the second novel in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, a gripping new epic fantasy series.

The conspiracy to destroy the ruling family of the Annurian Empire is far from over.

Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her,
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by Tor Books (first published 2015)
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Madix-3 I kind of hated all of them by the end, which is a shame.
All in all, it feels like this is by and large a departure from the premise of the first…more
I kind of hated all of them by the end, which is a shame.
All in all, it feels like this is by and large a departure from the premise of the first book.(less)

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Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy

For those of you who have been following me for some time, you know that I don't fangirl often…or lightly. I'm a decidedly picky reader. And the pet peeves, lawd, the literary pet peeves I have. It's rare that a book comes along and blows my frigging mind. It's even rarer when an author can pull this off not once, but twice.

Brian Staveley pulled this off. Hard. Wanna know how good this book is?



Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 Stars

What a great improvement. The Providence of Fire, the 2nd book in The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy was one of Goodreads nominee for best fantasy in 2015 and it’s for a good reason. Almost everything in the book, starting from plot progression, character development, actions, climax scenes, pacing and world-building are better than the first book in the series.

Before I start my review, I must address one FATAL TYPO in the book that changes the background of the main character
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Read this in Jan but only wrote down a star review on a piece of paper. Hmmm.. I found a few more like that, I think I'm going crazy er.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melanie by: Navessa
1.) The Emperor's Blades ★★★★★

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! No matter who you have in your life, or who you do not have, I hope your day is filled with love and amazing books.

Well, I'm not sure how I'm really going to function with the ending of this book, but okay. Holy shit! This book was so amazing! I thought The Emperor's Blades was action packed, and then this book just blows all those expectations out of the water!

“You can explain a lot of things to a man. His own death is not one o
Robin (Bridge Four)
Reread before The Last Mortal Bond with the usual crew at BB&B

Original Review:

3.75 What a great ending!!!

“They will not be ready to rule it,” he said, his eyes silent as the stars, “until they are willing to see it burn.”

I remember reading A Game of Thrones years ago and hating Jamie Lannister with the fiery heat of a thousand suns, but by A Storm of Swords I starting thinking maybe he wasn’t such a horrible person and in a huge turn around by A Dance with Dragons he is one of my favori
Em Lost In Books
So I finally read this. My first thought after finishing this book was that I shouldn’t have waited this long to finish it.

Story picked right where the first book ended. Kaden and Valyn are on their way to Annur, and Adare discovering the truth about his father’s death. Brothers go to Kenta where they separate ways and decide to meet at a particular monastery after a certain period of time. But both brothers fell in trouble and did not meet. Adare leave Annur to find an alley with which she cou
Deborah Obida
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fantasy
What did I just read? That ending killed me
I just can't, just when I thought things has gotten bettet it got worse than before for the siblings.

This is going to be a very in depth and lengthy review cause I love this book as much as it frustrated me. Some parts made me laugh so hard but sadly those parts were so few. Most parts of the book was so tense that I had to hold my breath for a while, I was so scared for the siblings, I still am cause I have no idea how in kent kissing name they are go
Sh3lly (
This book was SO frustrating at times. OMG. I'm just going to list the good and bad, as I saw it.

The Good.

- I liked the new characters Kiel, Nira and Oshi, and Kegellen was funny.
- I loved the idea of the gods coming back in physical form. There is a lot of potential with that.
- Triste had a very interesting development.
- The leaches' abilities were expanded a bit more.
- Gwenna had some POVs.
- There was more of a fantasy vibe to this one.

Okay, yeah, that's about it. There were some great scenes
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Just Spectacular

The Providence of Fire is a marvel of modern epic fantasy with an an absolutely killer storyline that is bursting with richly detailed characters and heart in your throat moments.

The first book of the ‘Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne’ trilogy was one of the reasons I started reviewing books. It resonated with me in a such big way and I dug it so much I felt like I had to give something back and simply buying the book was not enough to show my appreciation for the awesome reading
C.G. Drews
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG I HATE THIS BOOK SO MUCH THAT I LOVE IT. Shh that makes sense. But seriously I am in pain and I hate everything and rughghah qughhaur jaurkhgHGH KGH.

Also I listened to the audio and the voice at the end is all perky and like "I hope you have enjoyed this audible recording!" WELL NO. GO FLING YOURSELF INTO THE ABYSS. I DIDN'T ENJOY IT DAMN YOU.

*drastic sobbing*

Okay but I also rated it 5 stars so. Just bare that in mind with all my raging. And also it's impossible to write sequel reviews so I'
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

You can always tell when I really like a book by how fast I devour it. I gave myself plenty of time to read Brian Staveley’s The Providence of Fire, anticipating it would take me at least a week or more to finish this huge honking tome of a novel, but it turned out I made short work of it, chomping through 600+ pages of this in a little more than three days.

I just loved this book, couldn’t put it down. This incredible sequ
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I dedicated some time to making a much longer review on books 1 and 2 of the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne! Let me know what you think about it!

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Oh wow this was a treat.
I am still a bit confused about the end - well not confused I just need to connect all the dots really.

Some quick points: this is the first book in which I am liking the female characters way better than the male characters.
Gwenna, Annick, Pyrre, Nira, Triste are just the perfect
Stefan Bach
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I hate this book. No, I love it.
Pretty sure I hate it. Yet, somehow I love it.
Brian Staveley's The Providence of Fire, the second novel in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series.
Most divisive and conflicting book I have read in a long while. Well… actually, since its predecessor.
Book that reminded me - because clearly I needed a reminder – how I shouldn’t expect anything. Or else I’ll get disappointed. Or, in this case, angry.

Story continues immediately after its conclusion in first book
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fantasy-grim
*** 4.44 ***

A buddy read with my Fantasy loving family at BB & B

Second book, second amazingly engaging and ruthless jewel of contemporary Epic Fantasy! I knew I had stumbled upon something special when I read the first book, this one cemented it's place on my favorite shelf! Brian Staveley is one baaaad dude!!!

The second installment starts at the same time as the last ended. We keep on following the three Royal siblings and their choices and actions after the assassination of the Emperor, t
Buddy read with Gavin


This book surpasses its predecessor in many ways. It has better pacing, a lot of page-time from female characters(I really enjoyed the new POV chapters) and it feels markedly more epic.

The main focus is on human emotion, hope, fear, anger, despair and how the lack of emotion could give people strength. How the three Malkeenians respond emotionally to the constant doubt and treachery and how those emotions change them as people.

I'm not sure I'll have the time f
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a story that makes them live in it.
Shelves: favorites

This is a really difficult book to review because it's one of those books that is an experience rather than a story. Brian Staveley is not only an invaluable new voice to the epic fantasy genre, and the literary world at large, but he's on his way to being one of the greats.
Don't wait until HBO or some film producer pick up the rights before you read this- it's that good. Actually, if the people who produce GoT took this on I'd expect it to live up to its awesomeness. I hope this happens beca
Kells Next Read
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
The weapon is a shield. The Foe is the friend. What is burned cannot burn again.

Where do I even begin with the sequel to The Emperor's Blade. I don't think I have words to embody the tornado of emotions that swept through me while I read this one. I think that I should make it clear that I did enjoy the this read. I still can't say if I found to to be better than the first as I am still trying to process all that has taken place.

For the most part, I found myself doing this for a great part of m
Jaron Harris
Jan 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Wow, to say i was disappointed would be an understatement. I feel like the whole story just went completely off the rails. People were making inconceivable decisions left and right. The thing that sucks so much is that I really enjoyed the previous novel.
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
My rating is 4.5 stars.

Full review to come . . . sometime. :)
I finished this book several hours ago. I feel sure that if I were to wait another year I still wouldn't have the words necessary to begin to do it justice. I struggled with the review for The Emperor's Blades, partly because fantasy is my home in genre reading, but mostly because I had no idea how my mere words could stand up to the beauty and majesty that was created by Brian Staveley. I face a similar, or worse, problem now. In The Emperor's Blades I fell in love with the Malkeenians and thei ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love love love!!

I’m literally scared to read the last book, and i hope my babies survive 😭😭 (Kaden and valyn)

Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it

The Skinny:

Three siblings, all driven by their passion to do the right thing.

Adare, far from the Dawn Palace, amasses an army to avenge her father.

Kaden, relying on the assistance of two unlikely acquaintances, makes his way towards the Annurian Capital to potentially claim the Unhewn Throne.

Valyn, chased by one group and held captive by another, is finally ‘free’. Unsure of who he can trust, Valyn is compelled by the need to punish those responsible for the murder of his father.

Despite e
Michael Sliter
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars out of 5 (rounding up, as always).

The Providence of Fire continues the chronicles of the three siblings Valyn, Kaden, and Adare. I have two things to say to start the review. 1) Brian Staveley is a fantastic writer, and I am immensely jealous of his skill with words. The books have an absolute flow, and I have no idea how he can effortlessly weave in such apt similes and metaphors. 2) The characters constantly make hideously bad decisions. Such bad decisions that you wonder--have they
Bob Milne
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-epic
In a stunning follow-up to The Emperor's Blades, Brian Staveley builds upon the character-driven adventure of the first book, expanding the history, mythology, and world-building to suitably epic proportions. More than that, The Providence of Fire reveals the treachery of the first book to be merely the opening gambit in a complex, wide-ranging game of conquest and rebellion.

Like the first book, this second volume follows our three protagonists - Adare, Valyn, and Kaden - through their own journ
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a hard book to rate and review. In many ways The Providence of Fire was a stronger book than The Emperor's Blades. It was faster paced, full of surprise twists and turns, and just all round more exciting to read. Unfortunately all three of the main POV characters developed in directions that I disliked. Which is a pity because without a core of likable lead characters to root for this series becomes a bit like a poor man's A Song of Ice and Fire.

The plot itself was quite good. The actio
5 November 2015: $2.99 on Kindle

I finished this book several hours ago. I feel sure that if I were to wait another year I still wouldn't have the words necessary to begin to do it justice. I struggled with the review for The Emperor's Blades, partly because fantasy is my home in genre reading, but mostly because I had no idea how my mere words could stand up to the beauty and majesty that was created by Brian Staveley. I face a similar, or worse, problem now. In The Emperor's Blades I fell in lo
Executive Summary: I liked it, but didn't love it. The supporting characters really shone, while the "Emperor's Blades" seemed dull.

Audio book: Simon Vance is excellent as always. He was one of the main reasons I decided to try out The Emperor's Blades. His performance is such that this series remains a must audio for me, even if it means waiting a bit longer to get my hands on the next book.

Full Review
So I gave this book the same rating as The Emperor's Blades, and I think in many ways it's b
Jarek "the Mistborn" Dąbrowski
Man I thought the first one was awesome....Jesus! This was grim,dark and brutal but so enjoyable. The characters grow, we see more of the world and the different aspects of it. The Ishien....wouldn't want to meet them...ever....I was pulled in by the hairs all the way into this tale. Looking forward to how this all resolves. Another 5 stars:D
Kitty (I solemnly swear that I am up to no good)
Feb 09, 2014 marked it as can-t-wait-for-release-day
Why oh why do I start a series when it isn't yet completed! I mean, seriously Brian Staveley, 2015??? Impossible
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Providence of Fire was an excellent follow up to The Emperor's Blades. While I found this book to be similar to The Emperor's Blades in so far it did little to push the boundaries of the High Fantasy Genre, it was a heck of a ride. Every chapter seemed to end with a new revelation and cliff hanger that just kept those pages turning. Much like the first book this one was primarily composed of POV chapters from the late Emperor's children (with a few chapters from another POV which was quite e ...more
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