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The Throne of the Five Winds

(Hostage of Empire #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Two queens, two concubines, six princes. Innumerable secret agendas.A single hidden blade.
The imperial palace -- full of ambitious royals, sly gossip, and unforeseen perils -- is perhaps the most dangerous place in the Empire of Zhaon. Komor Yala, lady-in-waiting to the princess of the vanquished kingdom of Khir, has only her wits and her hidden blade to protect herself and her chargeagendas.A
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Kindle Edition, 704 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Orbit
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Christi M
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
I absolutely loved this rich, complex story, which is filled with what feels like a multitude of characters that each have their own motives and purpose within the story. The Throne of the Five Winds is simply beautifully written and one I whole-heartedly recommend.

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Oh my goodness – this book is long. 704 pages long. I’m not used to reading for hours and not be 10% into a book. Well, truthfully, it took a bit longer at the beginning because of the overall complexity of the book and s/> ...more
Amber
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this ebook from the author, Orbitz publishing, and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Yala Komor has been chosen to be Princess Mahara's lady in waiting who is to be married to a prince in the land of Zhaon. Once there, they try to fit it only to be targeted by assassins and more. Can they survive this cruel land? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good historical fantasy fiction. If you like these types of stories, be su
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Ari
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2019-read
Simply beautiful, seeped in tradition, seamlessly flowing court life with its never-ending intrigue. The characters in this book are so distinct one from the other, each one so nicely developing, with such (sometimes) restrained ways about them that speak so well of their times and manners. And while some might not enjoy the slow pacing and developing of a novel as large as this one, I found that to be one of its most enjoyable aspects. It allowed me to fully explore every little nook and cranny ...more
Bob
The Throne of the Five Winds is a big book. A big, thick, dense book that’s overflowing with key characters, scattered locations, and tangled relationships. It’s neither an easy read to get into nor a quick one. As beautifully written as it is, and as strong as the characters are, it still took me a couple of hundred pages to become comfortable with the story – but it all pays off eloquently in the final pages.

The politics and family drama here rival anything to be found in epic fant
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Eric
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, giveaways
After some initial doubts

I was pulled in and ended up finding The Throne to be a terrific read. Looking forward to volume 2.
It’s been awhile, and I forgot to add: received as a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an unbiased review.
WS_BOOKCLUB
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This book will be available on October 15th.

Admission: I judged a book based on its cover. The cover is incredible and immediately piqued my interest. That it’s a politically-charged fantasy didn’t hurt either. Beautifully written, if a bit dense, this east-Asian inspired fantasy was the only of its kind I’ve read this year.

It took me quite a while to become invested in this book. I
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Fanna
Aug 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Two queens? Two concubines? Six princes? East Asia inspired fantasy?? For fans of GRRM?!

Here's my soul and I'm ready to give it away for this book.
Ben Babcock
It isn’t often that a book wins me over like The Throne of the Five Winds did! I usually know my general sentiment towards a book within the first fifty pages or so. My mood will change for better or worse as the story unfolds, and a 2-star book might make it to 3 or vice versa, and once in a while, a 4- or 5-star book plummets to 1 star because of an unforgivable sin. When I began this book, which I received as an eARC from Orbit and NetGalley, I was not feeling it.

Moreover, I really dislike it when someone tri
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Marvelous Bookish Tomes
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with the ARC. This was one of my most anticipated releases and I am so glad I got to read it! Great read! Will read more from this author in the future!
Iona
To be fair to this book, I think that I just had entirely wrong timing for it. It's mid October, I am a college student (which goes without saying that I'm depressed and overwhelmed and stretched thin... gotta love college life #thisisacryforhelp), and this book is headache inducing and honest-to-God just another stressor in my life.

I get what the author was trying to do with it--and I'll likely update this review and come back to this book in the summertime, or a time where I feel I have the e
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Traci
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you're looking for bloody battles or magical duels or epic quests . . . look further, cause this is definitely not the book for you. There is no magic here, no quests (unless you consider 'trying to stay alive in a palace with more assassins per capita than there are bankers in Manhattan' to be a quest), and the only (physical) battles end well before our narrative begins. But if you, like me, find court intrigue absolutely riveting, then
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Suzanne
I love historical political dramas. I also love magicless/low magic fantasy. My favorite TV show is Rise of the Phoenixes, and I play it on a loop. This book felt like an alternate version of that show (albeit Korean inspired rather than Tang China). It hit all my tropes: competent female character, stranger in a strange land, romance, female friendship, slow pacing, a plethora of atmospheric details, duty conflicts, intrigue, scheming eunuchs/queens, calligraphy descriptions, conversations held ...more
Lindsey
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an incredible book. There's six princes fighting for the throne, as mentioned into the book summary blurb, along with a lot of women, some of whom are smarter and just generally more awesome than some of the princes. The political aspects of this fantasy world are well explained without being boring as are various relationships of many forms between characters. It's quite a long read and since it's the first book in a planned series, there are some slow points where people are being int ...more
Kat
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Khir is conquered by Zhaon, the Great Rider’s daughter Mahara is sent to be the Crown Prince of Zhaon’s wife to secure peace. Komor Yala, Mahara’s friend and lady-in-waiting, is the only one to accompany her and protect her in a potentially hostile country. Seemingly welcomed, Yala quickly learns there are six princes angling for the throne and two queens and two concubines who will do anything to attain glory for their children. Caught in a deadly game, Yala must use all of her training w ...more
Kesara
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[3.75 stars]

I received a free e-arc of this book provided by the publisher - Orbit Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

You can continue to read my review down below, or check out my video review here: https://youtu.be/XYeijW5yAOY

I was really excited for this book, because it is an asian inspired deeply political high fantasy, which is the type of book I typically reach for.

While there are many different point of view characters in this book, it felt like th
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Molly Mason
**Thank you to Orbit, S.C. Emmett, and Netgalley for providing me a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review**

The Throne of Five Winds is a new Asian inspired Adult Epic Fantasy series that seems to gain inspiration from George R. R. Martin in political intrigue and battles for thrones. You have several nations, however the Empire of Zhaon dominates the novel, with it's recent acquisition of neighboring land, Khir. In payment to their new overlords, Khir "Great Rider" send
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Jeremiah Stratton
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two kingdoms were at war but now that war is over. In the clash of kingdoms what do you do to keep things from escalating again, give a sacrifice or a hostage. One princess of Khir is sent with a loan lady to the kingdom of Zhaon to become the crown princess and marry the crown prince of Zhaon. In this kingdom there are Many princes though, 6 to be exact, as well as 2 other princesses, 2 queens and even 2 royal concubines. This many people can always lead to a lot of politcal strife as well as p ...more
library_of_your_dreams
Arc received on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This breathtaking fantasy novel features lots of politics, plotting, and princes. The Emperor of Zhaon has two queens and two concubines who, along with his many children are caught up in a fine dance that walks a thin line between polite royal disputes and outright offensive plots. One of our main characters is Princess Mahara of Khir who is being married to the Crown Prince of Zhaon in order for the Zhaon Emperor to more steadily cont
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Todd
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received my copy of The Throne of the Five Winds through a goodreads giveaway.

This was a long book, one that slowly weaved in one character after another, acclimating the reader to the cultures and politics of the story. I very much enjoyed the time I spent in this world, even though the majority of it takes place within a palace. There isn’t a lot of action, instead focusing on the politics of palace life, one where different parts of the same family vie for power, all while tryin
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Michele
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2019-reads, netgalley
I was initially drawn to The Throne of the Five Winds by its gorgeous cover. Then I jumped in and began reading it and was blown away by the huge page count. It is definitely the epitome of an epic fantasy novel. In order to keep up with the large cast of characters, I definitely could have benefited from a family tree or a flowchart. It took me quite a while to finally feel like I had all the main characters figured out.

As with any new fantasy series, a great deal of world building
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Ayre Wilson
I received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley for review.

This is one of those books people will either love or hate depending on their reading preferences. Its a very character driven story, not a plot driven story, so if you don't like the characters there is nothing to keep you invested in the book. The world is based on Asian cultures in a fantasy setting. If you like stories based on Asian cultures you'll probably enjoy this

My personal feelings:
I liked t
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Sari
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Soooo, I loved this. I absolutely flipping loved this. I didn’t want to reach the end, I just wanted this story to keep going and going and going. I just NEED to be in Emmett’s world

This book was slow moving but the plot is so super in depth that it doesn't leave you waiting for speed. If you want a super quick plot and an easy story line, this isn't your book. This book is intense
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Lianne
I will admit it—my Kindle said “40%” before I could keep track of the characters in the Throne of the Five Winds by S.C. Emmet. Once I finally knew who was who, I became engaged in the fantasy Eastern Asian world. The character-driven storyline is filled with the machinations and descriptions of the many characters drinking a wide variety of teas. Although the book is billed as an epic story similar to books by George R. R. Martin, Ken Liu, Kate Elliott, this novel lacks complexity and depth. Ho ...more
Darlene
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway
Thrilling fantasy

I received this kindle book as part of the Goodreads giveaway program. Fantasy novels have not been a usual reading genre for me. The sheer scope of this was, for the moment, a daunting endeavor. With quite a few character, developed slowly and precisely, it seemed, at first, to be a challenge. But, I persevered and I am so glad I did. This book was amazing. Strong character development and unique setting had me enthralled within a few chapters.
Intrigue, conspiracy, culture, r
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Brandon
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The premise seemed really interesting and I was looking forward to getting started, but it seemed like the first 10-15% of the book I had trouble getting pulled into the story and put it down multiple times in favor of other competitors for my attention.

This is not a high octane, action-packed extravaganza, but the court intrigue and inter-personal relationships are a solid draw. Once I figured out the path the story was going, and became familiar with the key characters I was pretty heavily in
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Kelly Sedinger
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads, fantasy
My actual rating would be closer to, oh, 3.75. A longer review will appear on The Geekiverse once I read it; for now I'll note that this book is good and I definitely enjoyed it...but it IS too long and full of very long passages where not much happens other than characters interacting with each other in the "dangerous court politics" kind of way. I tend to be a fan of that sort of thing, so I was fine with it, but some parts of the book are really a lot more wordy than they need to be. This is ...more
Phyllis
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much to love in this book. The noble heroine travels far from her home to a conquering kingdom with her princess. The princess is marrying the emperor's heir to cement peace. The two women are alone in a foreign country and they find danger in the royal court. From insults to assassination attempts, Lady Yala is determined to protect her princess. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
Katie
Two queens, two concubines, six princes. Innumerable hidden agendas.

Yala and Princess Mahara are in the lion’s den after their home of Khir is conquered by the forces of Zhaon and the Princess is wed to their Crown Prince. Yala, serving as Mahara’s lady-in-waiting, uses her intelligence and fearlessness to protect herself and Mahara in a realm fraught with danger around every corner.

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Yala and Princess Mahara are in the lion’s den after their home of Khir is conquered by the forces of Zhaon and the Princess is wed to their Crown Prince. Yala, serving as Mahara’s lady-in-waiting, uses her intelligence and fearlessness to protect herself and Mahara in a realm fraught with danger around every corner.

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This hefty read includes multiple plots, numerous characters, and a thrilling set-up for further political games. While I partially chose this book for the beautiful cover, there was a magnetism in the storytelling. Yala remained strong, despite her demure manner, and the events at the end of the book were unexpected as a result. There is so much to say about this book, but mere words cannot express the incredibleness of The Throne of the Five Winds without the experience of reading through it.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Suzanne
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully told tale that absolutely wraps the reader up in court drama, intrigue, and the impact of royal decisions on the immediate family. It is a lengthy read, but the narrative absolutely flows with such eloquence that I could not put it down. I do not know how I will bear to make it until book two.
Kay Mcleer
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a first book in the series this is well done, the author is able introduce the world and its characters perfectly. I really enjoyed the plot and culture in the book. I look forward to more in the series.
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