If The Emperor’s Blades was all about the importance of having a well-established form of long-distance communication in your fantasy world, its sequel, The Providence of Fire, is about the importance of stopping to deal with issues before going off half-cocked.
Not really. But it does get frustrating as a reader when major crises could be averted, as Nice Guy Eddie said in Reservoir Dogs, “with a fucking conversation”. But then the story wouldn’t have the glorious tension that Brian Staveley continues to build to epic proportions.
Staveley continues to ratchet up the tension introducing more conspiracies and raising the stakes. There’s no release yet, only more anticipation of the finale as the brothers and sister draw lines against each other for control of the Unhewn Throne.
Read the full review at “The Nameless Zine”.