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(Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #4)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  4,475 ratings  ·  499 reviews

Brian Staveley’s new standalone returns to the critically acclaimed Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne universe, following a priestess attempting to join the ranks of the God of Death.

Pyrre Lakatur doesn’t like the word skullsworn. It fails to capture the faith and grace, the peace and beauty of her devotion to the God of Death. She is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a

Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Tor Books
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Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely marvelous. Not only Skullsworn is Staveley’s best work so far, it’s also one of the most well-written books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

Skullsworn is a standalone prequel to Staveley’s Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy; focusing on Pyrre Lakatur—one of my favorite characters from the main trilogy—as she faces her final trial to become the Priestess of Ananshael, the god of death. To pass her trial, Pyrre has fourteen days to kill the seven people depicted in an ancient
James Tivendale
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, freecopy
To begin I would like to thank Brain Staveley and Tor for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the highly anticipated Skullsworn, in exchange for an honest review.

The narrative is set in the same world as Staveley's previously released Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy and it follows Pyrre, a character from those stories, however, it is being marketed as being a standalone adventure in the same environment. I, unfortunately, have to admit that this is the first book of Sta
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017, fantasy

Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne:
1.) The Emperor's Blades ★★★★★
2.) The Providence of Fire ★★★★★
3.) The Last Mortal Bond ★★★★★

“From the first offering to the last, the would-be priestess is allowed fourteen days. Fourteen days for seven offerings. Not such a daunting task—not for one raised and trained in Rassambur—but an impossible one for someone, like me, who had never been in love.”

This book is a prequel in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series, where we are met again with a
"I grew up in a place where women wear vests ribbed with stilettos, where each priest has a dozen knives, steel traps, needles so fine you can slide them beside the eye into the brain and out again without leaving a mark."

Pyrre Lakatur. If you've read the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series, this woman needs no introduction. For those of you who haven't, please allow me to summarize: the cast of characters from that trilogy featured a slew of badasses so well-versed in battle and bloodshed
Sean Barrs
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 4-star-reads
Skullsworn is an impressive standalone fantasy that delivers a sweeping tale of love, treachery and murder. It’s super cool.

I recommend it to all fantasy fans because it’s a great way of seeing exactly what the author can do without being bogged down by a trilogy. It’s quite short too, but despite it’s 300 pages it packs a hefty punch (or a stab- should I say?) I’ve not read the Unhewn Throne trilogy, but after this I want to. It’s given me a glimpse into a fantasy realm I want to see much more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Actual rating 2.5 stars.
Dannii Elle
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Brian Staveley, and the publisher, Tor, for this opportunity.

Do you ever finish reading a book, and just think to yourself... wow! I honestly have no idea how I am going to do this rich setting, the evocative language, the compelling plot, and the unforgettable characters justice!

This is a stand-alone fantasy, which is a rare thing in itself and that, combined with the author's good name, is
Mayim de Vries
“I came here to find you. I came here to fall in love with you. I came here to kill you.”

Skullsworn is a very unorthodox romantasy. Firstly, the romance does not dominate the novel. Secondly, the main aim is not a ‘happily ever after’ but rather a ‘dead ever after’. You are going to enjoy it very much provided that you don’t mind the minor fact that the main protagonist is an absolute psychopath.

“If we can’t have a decent storytelling, at least we can enjoy the violence and fornication.”

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May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
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“… we are all dying, all the time. Being born is stepping from the cliff’s edge. The only question is what to do while falling.”

Skullsworn is a prequel to the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Trilogy. I only read book 1 of that series, gave it three stars and wasn’t very excited to continue the series. But I heard that this book is a prequel, it works as a standalone and that it is a great book and I can say that I agree with all
Tracey the Lizard Queen
Review originally posted here:

4.5 Stars

You know when everyone is talking about a new author/series and you just don't have the time to fit it in, and then by the time you do you're 2 books behind everyone else? Well that was me in 2014. The Emperors Blades was everywhere, and I missed out. The same thing happened with books 2 and 3. I wanted in on the action! I just didn't have the time to squeeze it in. Fortunately, Skullsworn provided me with the perfec
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Brian Staveley returns to the world of The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne with this new standalone novel starring one of the most intriguing characters from his debut trilogy. When we first met Pyrre Lakatur, she was shrouded in mystery. Whether she was ally or enemy, it was hard to tell, but clearly, the imperturbable priestess of Ananshael was one capable, dangerous woman.

Skullsworn is her story. Just who is Pyrre? Whe
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2017-release
Review from Tenacious Reader:

As much as I loved the Unhewn Throne trilogy, Skullsworn has taken seat for my favorite of Staveley’s book. One thing Staveley did well in Unhewn Throne was create fascinating secondary characters that you wish had more page time, and even without knowing everything about them, you just love them. Well, Staveley has now proven he can take one of those intriguing secondary characters and create a very rich and full story that m
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was intense! Reallllly good, started slow. Took me a while to feel my surroundings and get to know the people. And then I fell hard! And that Ruc! Oh my XD~

I loved Pyrre her role in The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne a lot, Ananshael priests are so bad ass! They love, care and enjoy life to the fullest and are not scared! That makes the best sacrifice, living! Their way of worshipping and pleasing their god :) beautiful and so poetic! They are CRAZY XD

This book is focussed on Pyrre and how
4 Stars

Loved seeing Pyrre's backstory. The new characters were great, I especially liked Ruc and Ela, the story was intense and that ending was just amazing (even though it made me sad. I don't know why I expected a book about priests of death to have a happy ending).
Also, just like in the main series I truly enjoy the writing. It's so clear and easy to follow and makes the whole story so much more enjoyable to read.
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have loved Pyrre since reading the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne and ever since I learned there was going to be a standalone novel about her I simply HAD to read it. (You can read this standalone without reading the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne!)
Pyrre is an amazingly written strong and complete female character, who truly came to live for me in this book. The book is told from her perspective and we learn a lot about her past, her life and the decisions she made in the past and makes dur
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Mini Review: If I could’ve chosen any group from the Unhewn Throne trilogy to learn more about, it would’ve been the Skullsworn (maybe not necessarily through an early Pyrre perspective, but she’s definitely an interesting character). The Skullsworn are essentially a guild that uses death as worship, so they naturally produce highly skilled assassins. I was hoping to get into the nitty gritty of the training process (kind of like what Staveley did with the Kettral in the first book), but it was ...more
People enjoy fiction reads for different reasons. Many are fascinated by the characters and the evolution of their personalities, some are gripped by the plotlines... I personally (and in particular in case of Fantasy/Sci-Fi) is fascinated by the worldbuilding. I adore the power of the speculative fiction to transport you away... and for me, it is essential that when I escape, I escape to the worlds that well thought-through, very detailed & nuanced and that are easy to imagine to be true... I h ...more
Scott  Hitchcock
I'm going to give this 3.5*'s based on a fabulous ending. The book however was frustrating in parts. The author builds this robust world but at times he hits you over the head with it so much you just want him to get on with it. OK I get it, it's a jungle, you've gone on for two pages describing it. It's part of what makes his novels so good yet let's peel it back just a notch. Both the city and the delta are so vibrant you don't need to beat the reader over the head with it.

I was screaming for
Sachin Dev
My review is now up on Smorgasbord Fantasia :

It's a mind blowing follow up to the Chronicles of the unhewn throne. It's a shit kicking dynamite of a story, about Love. It's a love story yes, drenched in blood and death about a priestess who worships death. so yes while you expect violence, what really hit me was the depth of the emotions and the amazing characters in this book that make up this story. it's truly amazing and a gift to the world, this stand alone story of The
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hot damn! Staveley's best book so far... and that's saying something!

Full review soon.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
Skullsworn is a story about the Annurian Empire's most sacred league of assassins, a group of men and women dedicated to the God of Death . . . except it's really a story that's more about life than death.

Brian Staveley's newest addition is everything readers could ask for, a worthy addition to a familiar world, and a stunning prequel that actually lives up to the original trilogy's legacy. What's more, in addition to fleshing out the story of Pyrre, it also introduces a small cast of new charac
We all know that there's a thin line between a bruised purple prose from a lyrical masterpiece. Skullsworn, in fact, is the fcking embodiment of the latter.

If I would ever want to become a full-time writer in my life, I will hone my craft incessantly until I reach the tip of Brian Staveley's level of artistry. He definitely belongs in the God Tier with his exceptional and beautiful writing skill. The word beautiful doesn't even cut it. Neither does any other synonym. Which begs the question: "Ho
I knew I would love this book even before opening it. Staveley‘s Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne rocked my world. The only issue I had with the series? Not enough of Pyrre lakatur. I guess more people, the author included, felt the same way as Skullsworn is all about her.

Skullsworn follows the history of Pyrre becoming the priestess of Ananshael. To get promoted from an acolyte to a priestess, she needs to pass a trial - offer seven people to her God. There‘s a song specifying who needs to die.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Skullsworn is a stand alone novel set in the world established by The Chronicles of the Unhewn but set before the events of that trilogy. It follows one of the Chronicle’s deadliest characters and a huge fan favourite Pyrre Lakatur in an origin type story that allows us to bear witness to her final trial before becoming a fully fledged Priestess of Ananshael - The God of Death.

She must kill ten people in ten days, all of whom are tied to an ancient song, which includes “the one you love/who will
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is all I wanted to know about Pyrre (and more!).
RTC yet I can anticipate it got me fired up on the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne once again!
Kyle Erickson
Apr 30, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In the words of Ducky from Land before Time, "nope nope nope"

I hated this. I hated this with a passion. This is a bad book, and nobody will ever convince me otherwise. I do not understand why it exists. This is one of the worst books I have ever read. I usually try to mitigate my bad ratings on a book, like "this just wasn't for me", "not really my thing", "made choices I didn't agree with".

But I just fucking hated this book. I should have DNF'd except that I wanted to get the complete experie
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Music is inextricable from its own unmaking. Each note is predicated on the death of those before. Try to hold them all, and you have madness, cacophony, noise."
I've made no bones about how much I love Brian Staveley's writing, and when I saw he was bringing one of my favorite characters back for her own story I was overjoyed! The bad news is that this took a bit for me to feel pulled in, but full disclaimer - I have been in the most epic of epic reading slumps. Literally t
I really didn't know what quite to make of this book. The storyline is very well written and yet, for me, there is dissonance in parts. I listened to the audio book and the narration is very well done.

Skullsworn is a prequel to the trilogy of Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne featuring Pyrre who is a disciple of the god death. The followers of the god of death are trained to be masters in the arts of weaponry and physical fighting. Anyway, Pyrre returns to the city of her childhood for the test to
Trevor Sherman
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow I just finished need to think about it for a bit.
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