The Empire's Ruin
'Brian Staveley’s storytelling gets more epic with every book, and The Empire’s Ruin takes it to a whole new level' – Pierce Brown
One soldier will bear the hopes of an empire
The Kettral were the glory and despair of the Annurian Empire – elite soldiers who rode war hawks into battle. Now the Kettral’s numbers have dwindled and the great empire is dying. Its grip is further weakened by the failure of the kenta gates, which granted instantaneous access to its vast lands.
To restore the Kettral, one of its soldiers is given a mission. Gwenna Sharpe must voyage beyond the edge of the known world, to the mythical nesting grounds of the giant war hawks. The journey will take her through a land that warps and poisons all living things. Yet if she succeeds, she could return a champion, rebuild the Kettral to their former numbers – and help save the empire. The gates are also essential to the empire’s survival, and a monk turned con-artist may hold the key to unlocking them.
What they discover will change them and the Annurian Empire forever – if they survive. For deep within the southern reaches of the land, a malevolent force is stirring . . .
'Brilliant' V. E. Schwab on Skullsworn
'A truly epic tale full of memorable characters, clever politics, an intelligent magic system, brutal battle scenes, and witty dialogue' FantasyFaction on The Last Mortal Bond
The Empire's Ruin is the first book in the epic Ashes of the Unhewn Throne trilogy by Brian Staveley.
Brian Staveley’s books are epic in every sense of the word . . . He’s a giant in the genre, no doubt
Brian Staveley’s storytelling gets more epic with every book, and The Empire’s Ruin takes it to a whole new level
An aching, bruised, white-knuckled symphony