Review: “The Providence of Fire” by Brian Staveley

Providence of FireThe Providence of Fire
Brian Staveley
★★★★
Tor, 2015.

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.

The Providence of Fire picks up in the immediate aftermath of The Emperor’s Blades

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”.

—Michael Senft

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About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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