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The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #3)

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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
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Guylanda 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…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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Melanie
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Petrik
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-physical
3.5/5 Stars

The Last Mortal Bond, the ending to Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy by Brian Staveley provides a great and fitting conclusion to the trilogy but at the same time it’s actually quite disappointing as the last book of the trilogy. This is a really hard book for me to review, there are a lot of factors I like and dislike 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’s still really good especially during
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Navessa
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
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
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
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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 unalloyed
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Choko
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 s
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Manju
Mar 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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. :/
Samir
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
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 Charlie - A Reading Machine
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
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Angela
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
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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 disappointment 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
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Stefan Bach
“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 throughout enti
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Gavin
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bob Milne
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Aristea
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
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Lila
Jan 10, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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 ne
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Michael Sliter
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Well I'm done and I have no idea how I feel about this conclusion. I will say that for most of the book I had not idea who to trust or what was going on. It was pretty dark and I need time to decompress. So off to ponder for a week or so
Scholars and philosophers were forever lauding truth, holding it up as a sort of divine perfection available to man. The truth in those old texts was always shining, glowing, golden. As though they didn’t know, not any of them, that some truths were jagged as a
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Tammy
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Matthew
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.
Mili
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
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Suzanne Baker
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Eric
Book 3 is a great ending to a fun fantasy trilogy. I am mildly disappointed in the ending. Again, the narration with the audio book is excellent.

I thought this book is slower paced than the previous two books. A lot of twists and turns that kept me guessing clear to the end who are the manipulators and those being manipulated. I think that Gwenna, the elite warrior, is the star of this book. Her role is a key ingredient to making the story successful.

I thought the ending left a quite a few loo
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Rob
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.

Full Review
In many ways my review for this book could be a repeat o
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Lisa
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Angela
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Kells Next Read
I'm in no position right now to relay my thoughts about this book. I have such strong feelings when it comes to the plot, characters and that ending. Need some time to think ; < My ratings make change after I have some time to fully internalize this one.
Justin
This is one of the finest completed epic fantasy series of the last ten years. Is it perfect? No. There are many things about it I don't like, but... there are so many things about it that I LOVE. Gwenna is one of my favorite characters in epic fantasy. Period. Full stop. And the thing Staveley groks as well as anyone I've read is that he understands that epic fantasy readers want to read about SPECIAL people, not ordinary people doing special things. But exceptional people doing exceptional thi ...more
Angela
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As a whole I've enjoyed this entire series. I loved the world Staveley has created and the female characters (with the exception of Adare) were wonderful. Gwenna, Pyrre, Triste and Nira. However I felt like the ending wasn't epic enough. The build up was great. Shorter chapters, moving between the various characters, but by the end I just felt a little deflated. There were things I wanted to see (view spoiler) ...more
Scott  Hitchcock
4.5*'s.

At 75% of the way through The Emperor's Blades I was 100% sure I was done with this series. The last 25% talked me into continuing and I'm glad I did. The last two and a quarter books were excellent. A very satisfying ending on a lot of levels. I think this was Providence of Fire's equal which was one of the better middle of the series books.

This was an audio series for me and Simon Vance is now one of my favorites. He added to the experience.

Looking forward to the standalone Skullswor
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