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

Reviews Skullsworn (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #0.5)

  • James Lafayette 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Marielle Ooms-Voges
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Trevor Sherman
    Wow I just finished need to think about it for a bit.
  •  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...
  • 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...
  • Alice at Raptureinbooks
    Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewSkullsworn was the first book by Brian Staveley that I’ve read and it has made me want to read his others for definite - I’ve got the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne already lined up but this review is about Skullsworn. From what I’ve gathered over the internet this is a standalone prequel to the Chronicles as the main charac...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • Paul
    Not as gripping as the trilogy its spawned from but still an interesting sidestep to broaden out the world . Some great philosophising on concepts of love , death and religion.
  • Rebecca
    I was a big fan of Staveley’s trilogy The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, so I was delighted that he would be returning to that world for a standalone novel. When that standalone turned out to be about Pyrre Lakatur, priestess to Ananshael, I was marked my calendar. Pyrre was always a very intriguing character with a vague past, so a single novel dedicated to a slim segment of her life was something that I couldn’t say no to!As it turned out,...
  • 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...
  • Patricia Crowther
    Advanced copy received via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.So let me start just by saying that I had not read Brian Staveley’s other series The Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne prior to reading Skullsworn. I was aware that the main character was much loved in this other series and also that this was her origin story, so I knew these event happened much earlier than The Emperors Blades. The story was about Pyrre, an apprentice Skullsworn ...
  • Taylor
    "This," he went on, indicating the carnage of the deck, the skulls with the violets planted in the empty sockets, "is their work, their attempt to take it all back. They don't have argument or policy or military might on their side. All that they have is the old stories, stories of snakes in throats and violets in eyes - those stories are their only weapon, and stories are only weapons if you repeat them."...Skullsworn is a prequel story to The E...
  • Marius
    The writing is very good, but somehow the book was only able to grab my attention towards the end.Still a more than decent read tough.
  • Lynn Williams
    Sign me up for everything else by Brian Staveley - this was my first book of his and I loved it. Review to follow. is a book that I’ve had on my shelves since last year. As soon as I saw it I wanted it. I had ninja grabby hands and fired off a request in a New York minute. Yes, I am fickle enough to be captivated by the gorgeous cover but aside from that it sounded so good and given that I hadn...
  • Shari (colourmeread)
    Actual rating: 3.5/5Pyrre Lakatur is an acolyte of Ananshael, the God of Death. In order to become a priestess of Ananshael, Pyrre must pass a final trial. In fourteen days, she must kill 7 people, including the one she loves. Adept at killing people and 'offering' them to her god, this part of her trial is ironically the hardest for her. You see, Pyrre has never been in love.Brian Staveley has been an author whose name I've seen pop up quite fre...
  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.Skullsworn is a stand-alone story set in the same universe as The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne written by Brian Staveley. Although having failed to get around to read the original trilogy that laid the foundation to Staveley’s popularity, I can still confidently confirm that Skullsworn remains a beautiful introduction to a great talent in the fantasy world and can easily be read without worry...
  • Dan
    Wow - that ending was really something special!The book itself, was a bit of a slow read for me. If it weren't for the last 60 pages, I would have rated it a firm 3 - coming from the Trilogy (in which, I definitely recommend that you read first), I felt the story was a little lacking.The writing, however.. you can tell this is an intelligent writer. He compares emotions, thoughts and ideas with metaphors to things that are pretty deep. A few time...