Monday, 7 August 2017

Skullsworn - Brian Staveley

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 manages to pass her final trial.

The problem isn’t the killing. Pyrre has been killing and training to kill, studying with some of the most deadly men and women in the world, since she was eight. The problem, strangely, is love. To pass her Trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the ten people enumerated in an ancient song, including "the one you love / who will not come again."

Pyrre is not sure she’s ever been in love. If she were a member of a different religious order, a less devoted, disciplined order, she might cheat. The Priests of Ananshael, however, don’t look kindly on cheaters. If Pyrre fails to find someone to love, or fails to kill that someone, they will give her to the god.

Pyrre’s not afraid to die, but she hates to quit, hates to fail, and so, with a month before her trial begins, she returns to the city of her birth, the place where she long ago offered an abusive father to the god and abandoned a battered brother—in the hope of finding love...and ending it on the edge of her sword.

My thoughts:
Ok I confess, I do not remember much of Pyrre from the series that happens after this book. But that is me, I forget things, I read too much. But would I read one page from that series it would all come back.

This happens before then. She is not a priestess yet. She has her trial to finish and damn the skullsworn are freaky things. All in awe of their Death God, willingly killing everyone and dying for their god. Her trial will have her kill, if they are innocent who cares. One she must kill is one she loves. Is this something she worries about? Not in the way you think. She does not love anyone and can't pass her test. That she would have to kill that person does not bother her one bit. But I like her, her sociopath cult is quite interesting.

The place where story takes place is even more interesting. A deadly place where everything will kill you. There are tiny spiders that kills you like that. I would so not even get near that place. But there are even more deadly things there and dang, that was even more interesting. I was all whaaat?!

I can't say more but...yes it gets good. Death, deadly things and romance? Haha if you call it that. She must find love after all. And everything throws you for a loop.

Conclusion:
A good story. Read it after or before the other series. It does not matter.

Cover
Good

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 20th 2017 by Tor
Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne 0
Fantasy
Library


45 comments:

  1. I tend to forget things too, which makes going back to a series very difficult. Sometimes it's worth it, though.

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    1. It sure can be difficult, but worth it

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  2. Tiny spiders! I have never heard of this series before today, but it sounds like a good fantasy book.

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  3. I initially thought the title was Skullworm. O.O

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  4. I just hope it's not the abandoned brother she ends up killing.

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  5. Interesting premise. Sounds like you had a good time with this one.

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  6. Yeah I read so much that it really has to be a standout for me to remember it. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. This sounds like a really good read. I'm definitely going to check this one out! Hugs...

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  8. What a great cover and story! Looks good and thanks for the lovely review!

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  9. Death, Deadly things and romance sound good to me. I am the same way, when I begin reading the previous books details come back.

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  10. I'm pretty sure I have some of his books... Haven't read any yet though..

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  11. I forget everything too lol

    I do like that cover.

    For What It's Worth

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    1. Ugh Mondays, not that it matters here

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  13. Sometimes, I need a refresher too. Especially if it's a long series. Glad you enjoyed this!

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    1. I am bad at remembering names so...

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  14. Sounds kinda freaky and a death cult? Woo hoo! I've seen this author around but haven't read anything of his yet. Like the cover.

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    1. They sure loved death and killing

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  15. I'm glad you enjoyed this, even if you didn't really remember Pyrre from the original trilogy, lol! She was one of my favorites, so of course I loved this :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. i guess I did not like her? And forgot her? I really do not know

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  16. I have such a hard time remember books that I have read anymore. Glad you enjoyed this one.

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  17. Deadly spiders - oh boy! Reading as much as we do its a wonder we do remember quite a bit all the same!

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  18. I like the cover. spiders? not so much.

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  19. Ha! I'm not the only one who forgets I've read a book! But yes, it all comes rushing back once you step back in. ;)

    Nice, I'll have to check this one out.

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  20. This sounds so good! And I'm glad to know you can read it before or after Staveley's other series, too.

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  21. I'm guessing I would die real quick in a place like that. lol

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    1. LOL. ALl you could do was to pray for a quick death

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