I finished the second book in Brian Staveley’s Unhewn Throne series. The Providence of Fire was just as riveting as the first book. I cannot say enough good things about this series. It continues to go in directions that I never expect and is building a fascinating world and mythology. There will be spoilers from here on out.
One of my favorite things so far has been the way he makes so many of the characters seem like they could be good, or evil. Take Kiel for example. The Csestriim seems like he is on Kaden’s side, but could he be misleading the Emperor? He said that il Tornja was this powerful general for the Csestriim who only cares about one thing: destroying the humans. Yet, il Tornja seems to be going to great lengths to protect Annur. Could Ran il Tornja have changed over the years? I have no clue, but that is one of the things I loved.
Another great example is the tribal leader, Long Fist. By the end of the book, we realize he was lying about uniting the tribes and wanting to defend his land. Instead he plans to invade, then il Tornja informs Adare that Long Fist is actually Mashkent, the god of pain. I am excited to see what this war between the Csestriim and the new gods will be like.
I figured out pretty early on that Triste would turn out to be the goddess. It just seemed to make sense. The way she had this hidden knowledge and almost a split personality. It also seems that Valyn has the touch of Hull and Adare must be under the power of Intarra. I wonder if Kaden will somehow defeat them all by meeting the Blank God?
So many questions and probably a bit of wait until I get some answers…seriously though, I highly recommend this series.