SKULLSWORN by Brian Staveley

You all know what to do. Happy Skullsworn release day!

“A stunning prequel that actually lives up to the original trilogy’s legacy […] Staveley has proven himself to be a master of world-building, character development, and sheer storytelling.” —Beauty in Ruins

Skullsworn by Brian Staveley
US Cover Art by Richard Anderson

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Brian Staveley’s new standalone returns to the critically acclaimed Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne universe, following a priestess-assassin for the God of Death.

“Brilliant.” ―V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author

From the award-winning epic fantasy world of The Emperor’s Blades

Pyrre Lakatur is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer―she is a priestess. At least, she will be once she passes her final trial.

The problem isn’t the killing. The problem, rather, is love. For to complete her trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the seven people enumerated in an ancient song, including “the one who made your mind and body sing with love / who will not come again.”

Pyrre isn’t sure she’s ever been in love. And if she fails to find someone who can draw such passion from her, or fails to kill that someone, her order will give her to their god, the God of Death. Pyrre’s not afraid to die, but she hates to fail, and so, as her trial is set to begin, she returns to the city of her birth in the hope of finding love . . . and ending it on the edge of her sword.

“A complex and richly detailed world filled with elite soldier-assassins, mystic warrior monks, serpentine politics, and ancient secrets.” ―Library Journal, starred review, on The Emperor’s Blades

The Emperor’s Blades
The Providence of Fire
The Last Mortal Bond

Prologue | Chapter One

Tor Books

April 25, 2017


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Praise for Skullsworn


“Engrossing…” —SFRevu

“A warm, funny, character-focused novel which is also darkly charming, bloody, and lethal. It was very, very hard to put down, and had an emotional punch to match its high adrenaline moments.” —Sci Fi and Fantasy Reviews

“Lush, evocative descriptions sharpen the setting, which recalls Southeast Asia. Visceral action scenes and memorable characters bring this tale to life. Despite the outsize aspects of this adventure, it still feels remarkably intimate.” —Publishers Weekly

“Pleasantly grim and emotionally complex.” Kirkus Reviews

“Full of surprises […} more inventive and grisly than I could have imagined.” —Fantasy Faction, 9/10 Stars

“Staveley has quickly become one of my favorite fantasy authors, and his latest doesn’t disappoint. Skullsworn is a brilliant new chapter in a fabulous series.”
—V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author

“SKULLSWORN is a lyrical, bloodsoaked, impossible quest that’s sure to entertain.” –Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author

“A highly engrossing fantasy world […] amazing characters.” —Fantasy Book Review

“A fantastic standalone book with a very satisfying conclusion – well thought out and written incredibly well.” —The Book Bag

“Intricately plotted and masterfully told.” —The Alliterates

“Highly recommended, especially for fans of female characters that like to kick ass and not follow the rules.”
—The Speculative Herald

“Do yourself a favor: read Skullsworn. You won’t regret it.” —GrimdarkMAGAZINE

“Perfectly bleak… brilliantly enjoyable.” —Rapture in Books