Skullsworn (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #0.5) by Brian Staveley

Skullsworn (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #0.5)

Brian Staveley’s new standalone returns to the critically acclaimed Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne universe, following a priestess attempting to join the ranks of the God of Death.Pyrre Lakatur doesn’t like the word skullsworn. It fails to capture the faith and grace, the peace and beauty of her devotion to the God of Death. She is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer--she is a priestess. At least, she will be a priestess if she mana...

Details Skullsworn (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #0.5)

TitleSkullsworn (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #0.5)
Release DateApr 25th, 2017
PublisherTor Books
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Epic Fantasy, Adult, High Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Audiobook, Science Fiction Fantasy, Novels, Abandoned

Reviews Skullsworn (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #0.5)

  • James Tivendale
    To begin I would like to thank Brain Staveley and Tor for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the highly anticipated Skullsworn, in exchange for an honest review. The narrative is set in the same world as Staveley's previously released Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy and it follows Pyrre, a character from those stories, however, it is being marketed as being a standalone adventure in the same environment. I, unfortunately...
  • Melanie
    Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne: 1.) The Emperor's Blades ★★★★★2.) The Providence of Fire ★★★★★3.) The Last Mortal Bond ★★★★★ “From the first offering to the last, the would-be priestess is allowed fourteen days. Fourteen days for seven offerings. Not such a daunting task—not for one raised and trained in Rassambur—but an impossible one for someone, like me, who had never been in love.” This book is a preque...
  • Petrik
    Absolutely marvelous. Not only Skullsworn is Staveley’s best work so far, it’s also one of the most well-written books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.Skullsworn is a standalone prequel to Staveley’s Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy; focusing on Pyrre Lakatur—one of my favorite characters from the main trilogy—as she faces her final trial to become the Priestess of Ananshael, the god of death. To pass her trial, Pyrre has ...
  • Navessa
    "I grew up in a place where women wear vests ribbed with stilettos, where each priest has a dozen knives, steel traps, needles so fine you can slide them beside the eye into the brain and out again without leaving a mark." Pyrre Lakatur. If you've read the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series, this woman needs no introduction. For those of you who haven't, please allow me to summarize: the cast of characters from that trilogy featured a slew of ...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Love this cover too!
  • Samir
    Actual rating 2.5 stars.
  • Dannii Elle
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Brian Staveley, and the publisher, Tor, for this opportunity. Do you ever finish reading a book, and just think to yourself... wow! I honestly have no idea how I am going to do this rich setting, the evocative language, the compelling plot, and the unforgettable characters justice!This is a stand-alone fantasy, which is a rare thing in itself ...
  • Tracey the Lizard Queen
    Review originally posted here: StarsYou know when everyone is talking about a new author/series and you just don't have the time to fit it in, and then by the time you do you're 2 books behind everyone else? Well that was me in 2014. The Emperors Blades was everywhere, and I missed out. The same thing happened with books 2 and 3. I wanted in on the action! I just didn't have the time to squeeze it in. F...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Staveley returns to the world of The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne with this new standalone novel starring one of the most intriguing characters from his debut trilogy. When we first met Pyrre Lakatur, she was shrouded in mystery. Whether she was ally or enemy, it was hard to tell, but clearly, the imperturbable priestess of Ananshael was one capable, dangerous wom...
  • Mayim de Vries
    “I came here to find you. I came here to fall in love with you. I came here to kill you.”Skullsworn is a very unorthodox romantasy. Firstly, the romance does not dominate the novel. Secondly, the main aim is not a ‘happily ever after’ but rather a ‘dead ever after’. You are going to enjoy it very much provided that you don’t mind the minor fact that the main protagonist is an absolute psychopath.“If we can’t have a decent storyt...
  • Michael Fletcher
    As I was working on my own writing, it took me over a week to finish the first chapter. It hooked me hard. I set aside the book I was working on and finished the rest of Skullsworn in two days. Which, for someone who averages 12 - 15 books a year, is a record.I have not been gut-punched by a book like this in a very long time. My one piece of advice: Don't read the last chapters somewhere where you don't want people seeing you get all emotional. ...
  • Lisa
    Review from Tenacious Reader: much as I loved the Unhewn Throne trilogy, Skullsworn has taken seat for my favorite of Staveley’s book. One thing Staveley did well in Unhewn Throne was create fascinating secondary characters that you wish had more page time, and even without knowing everything about them, you just love them. Well, Staveley has now proven he can take one of those intriguing secondary cha...
  • Mili
    This was intense! Reallllly good, started slow. Took me a while to feel my surroundings and get to know the people. And then I fell hard! And that Ruc! Oh my XD~I loved Pyrre her role in The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne a lot, Ananshael priests are so bad ass! They love, care and enjoy life to the fullest and are not scared! That makes the best sacrifice, living! Their way of worshipping and pleasing their god :) beautiful and so poetic! They a...
  • Manuel Antão
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Smart-Alecky SF: "Skullsworn" by Brian Staveley "If I wanted you dead, you would be dead’?” He sucked some blood from between his teeth, then spat it onto the cobbles. “What is that? A line from some mid-century melodrama? You hear that onstage a few nights ago?” In “Skullsworn” by Brian Staveley Reasons to avoid some Fantasy: 1 - Trilogies - a story seldom needs 3 volum...
  • Marielle
    I have loved Pyrre since reading the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne and ever since I learned there was going to be a standalone novel about her I simply HAD to read it. (You can read this standalone without reading the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne!) Pyrre is an amazingly written strong and complete female character, who truly came to live for me in this book. The book is told from her perspective and we learn a lot about her past, her life an...
  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
    Mini Review: If I could’ve chosen any group from the Unhewn Throne trilogy to learn more about, it would’ve been the Skullsworn (maybe not necessarily through an early Pyrre perspective, but she’s definitely an interesting character). The Skullsworn are essentially a guild that uses death as worship, so they naturally produce highly skilled assassins. I was hoping to get into the nitty gritty of the training process (kind of like what Stave...
  • Scott Hitchcock
    I'm going to give this 3.5*'s based on a fabulous ending. The book however was frustrating in parts. The author builds this robust world but at times he hits you over the head with it so much you just want him to get on with it. OK I get it, it's a jungle, you've gone on for two pages describing it. It's part of what makes his novels so good yet let's peel it back just a notch. Both the city and the delta are so vibrant you don't need to beat the...
  • Sachin Dev
    My review is now up on Smorgasbord Fantasia :'s a mind blowing follow up to the Chronicles of the unhewn throne. It's a shit kicking dynamite of a story, about Love. It's a love story yes, drenched in blood and death about a priestess who worships death. so yes while you expect violence, what really hit me was the depth of the emotions and the amazing characters in this book that make up this story. it's truly amazing and ...
  • Matthew
    Hot damn! Staveley's best book so far... and that's saying something! Full review soon.
  • Bob Milne
    Skullsworn is a story about the Annurian Empire's most sacred league of assassins, a group of men and women dedicated to the God of Death . . . except it's really a story that's more about life than death.Brian Staveley's newest addition is everything readers could ask for, a worthy addition to a familiar world, and a stunning prequel that actually lives up to the original trilogy's legacy. What's more, in addition to fleshing out the story of Py...
  • Eric
    I really didn't know what quite to make of this book. The storyline is very well written and yet, for me, there is dissonance in parts. I listened to the audio book and the narration is very well done. Skullsworn is a prequel to the trilogy of Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne featuring Pyrre who is a disciple of the god death. The followers of the god of death are trained to be masters in the arts of weaponry and physical fighting. Anyway, Pyrre re...
  •  Charlie - A Reading Machine
    Skullsworn is a stand alone novel set in the world established by The Chronicles of the Unhewn but set before the events of that trilogy. It follows one of the Chronicle’s deadliest characters and a huge fan favourite Pyrre Lakatur in an origin type story that allows us to bear witness to her final trial before becoming a fully fledged Priestess of Ananshael - The God of Death.She must kill ten people in ten days, all of whom are tied to an anc...
  • Lukasz
    I knew I would love this book even before opening it. Staveley‘s Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne rocked my world. The only issue I had with the series? Not enough of Pyrre lakatur. I guess more people, the author included, felt the same way as Skullsworn is all about her.Skullsworn follows the history of Pyrre becoming the priestess of Ananshael. To get promoted from an acolyte to a priestess, she needs to pass a trial - offer seven people to...
  • Trevor Sherman
    Wow I just finished need to think about it for a bit.
  • Aristea
    This is all I wanted to know about Pyrre (and more!).RTC yet I can anticipate it got me fired up on the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne once again!
  • Bookwraiths
    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.My rating is 2.5 stars.With his new standalone novel Skullsworn, Brian Staveley returns to the world of the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, focusing on one of the characters from that trilogy: Pyrre. This priestess a dedicated follower of the God of Death, wrapped in mysterious and deadly by any measure. But even after three epic fantasy books, little is know about her: who she really is, what she truly believes...
  • Brandi
    "Music is inextricable from its own unmaking. Each note is predicated on the death of those before. Try to hold them all, and you have madness, cacophony, noise." I've made no bones about how much I love Brian Staveley's writing, and when I saw he was bringing one of my favorite characters back for her own story I was overjoyed! The bad news is that this took a bit for me to feel pulled in, but full disclaimer - I have been in the most epic of ep...
  • Timelord Iain
    I liked large swaths of this more than the main series...
  • Aly's Bookish Wonderland
    I grew up in a place where women wear vests ribbed with stilettos, where each priest has a dozen knives, steel traps, needles so fine you can slide them beside the eye into the brain and out again without leaving a mark. Whatever I have to say about Pyrre Lakatur will not do this book, Staveley's words, this world justice. If you've read The Chornicle of the Unhewn Throne, you will need no introduction to Pyrre. You know how well-versed she is i...