(The Skewed Throne) [E–Buch] Ò Joshua Palmatier
The attention of Erick a royal guardsman and assassin who seeks out and kills any marks the ruling Mistress has judged must be liminated Under Erick s tutelage her abilities are honed to a ruthless dge but Varis has another skill she has not disclosed to anyone *an innate magic she calls the river a *innate magic she calls The River a flow into which she can submerge herself In The River she sees vil in shades of red and innocence in shades of grayWhen Erick assigns her to kill a mark that Varis knows to be innocent their ways part and Varis retreats back to the core of Amenkor proper Once again her agility her survival skills and her murderous ability with knives bring her under scrutiny Borund a local merchant hires her as a bodyguard and Varis finds herself The Day Christ Was Born embroiled in a conspiracy among the Amenkor merchants an attempt to seize monopolistic control of trade at a time when the survival of the city itself seems in uestion The First Mistress seems to be losing her sanity and is issuing nonsensical orders The pitiless unfolding ofvents places Varis in the position of being the only one who can save AmenkorA fine plot line with much promise to be sure And in his debut outing Palmatier has certainly crafted his story with 5 Nights: Sinful Delights Boxed Set enviable writing skills in the development of his characters in the clever narration ofxciting action seuences and in the layout of asy flowing natural dialogue Varis own brief and lucid description of her young life seems brutal in its crystalline clarity but totally natural in its presentation I decided I d be better off on my own So I left I ran away moved deeper into the slums beyond the Dredge I lived like an animal there scrounging in
garbage heaps atingheaps And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake eating I could find scraps you and Borund wouldn tven feed to a dog I was dying and I didn t Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America even know itBut I also felt that Palmatier was tip toeing across a knifedged ridge that far too narrow for my liking the difficult decision an author must make about how much to introduce how much to disclose how much to resolve and how much to leave for xplanation and completion in future works Oh sure there is obviously a seuel in the works But there are only two plot devices which move The Skewed Throne from normal medieval fiction
into the realm of fantasy the magic of The River andthe realm of fantasy the magic of The River and White Fire some sort of bizarre powerful vent that sweeps through Amenkor from time to time Even Varis owns up to having no idea about the meaning of The Fire I felt its purpose Nothing to do with Amenkor nothing to do with me It was residual The Color of Our Sky energy the remains of anvent so powerful it had stretched across the ocean burned across the sea from a distant land The conseuence of a magic that no one in the throne knew the intent of that was totally unfamiliar It was nothing to usPersonally I d need resolution in this introductory novel to move it to a higher rating as a stand alone novel But and this is a fervent hope in the belief that all will come clear in future novels I ll certainly move on to the second novel in the trilogy The Cracked Throne and recommend it to other fantasy lovers as wellPaul Weiss A fine first read in the Throne of Amenkor series the tale follows Varis a street urchin who mbarks on what does not uite look to be a rags to riches story She is tired of ither fighting just to survive or being used as a toy by others using her gift that Obsession enables her to see to simplify whether people are good or bad The book rattles along at a good pace and I look forward to reading Book Two 12 pages in at thend of the first chapter I found myself already invested in our protagonist This one grabs you in a hurry and never let s go Read the whole book in one day. Sine an sie heran und bietet ihr Arbeit an Varis soll für das Gute töten Doch was soll sie tun wenn sie rkennt dass selbst in den Guten das Böse woh. This is good start that has its own surprises And it isn t like much of the derivative fantasy out there By that I m talking about the dumb farm boy who *GETS THE TALISMANSWORD FROM THE WISE *the talismansword from the wise man to defeat the Dark Lord of Wherever Now if you do go for that derivative fantasy don t let it get you down Expand your horizons and go for something different like this book Focus is on one character a close to pubery girl named Varis who lost her mother at a very young age and has become something of a thief in the seedy districts of the city She also has a special mpath like power that lets her see into the souls of strangers and gauge if they re good or vil Look for a great deal of mphasis on how she steals food ie distracts some merchant while taking a piece of fruit as well as how she deals with hunger and loss The first sign of affection from someone nearly makes her burst into tears and this is one of the strong points of the character Rarely do such complex characters xist in fantasy tales Partway through the tale Varis is hired by a royal assassin to "Find People For Him "people for him a bit later kill people for him All come through order of the Skewed Throne a magical seat which is controlled by a ueen of sorts who wields a great power to control the magical fluctuations Think of the Skewed Throne like some great magical item of mystery Moral issues arise as Varis discovers some of the intended targets of xecution are not All Roads Lead Home evil Moreover matters become twisted when her mentor lets a competitor thief boy get training and his heart is very dark Through a series ofvents Varis goes into hiding and becomes a bodyguard for a rich merchant Don t be fooled by her small size though her mentor trained her to be deadly with a knife People thinking she is weak works to her advantage However the intrigue is just getting worse and it all ties into the Skewed Throne Look for a great deal of focus on the main character s stifled social skills as well as what it was really like to be a thief on the verge of starvation Deep themes of belonging and doing the right thing are also apparent This book mbodies a trend I ve been seeing a lot of recently a book that has a nifty cool concept but suffers in the xecution and I m sorry to pick on this book in particular but it s the one I ve tried to read most recently A lot of books published recently have the same problem the author doesn t seem to know where his story actually begins In this case the book is about a girl with special powers who is trained as an assassin so that she can kill the current ruler who is insane and assume the throne herselfThat s a great beginning of a novel That s the setup It s not a whole novel it s the first third at most I want to know what happens next not spend 300 pages of training and dithering before getting to the cool stuffI wonder if the problem is not necessarily the writer but the current publishing model for Y Under average fantasy in both style and story In a year in which I read so many interesting books this was one of the worst This books should have been a book I could cheer The main character is a girlwoman She grows up from 14 in the course of the book whose motivation isn t about a man or men or anything of the sort She s driven by survival desire not to slide back to what she was a much smothered and denied but visible wish to be loved or mbraced by family and conflicted pride in her own rather violent skills The city state in which it takes place is ruled by a woman and always has been as I received a free review copy of this bookIt has a nice gritty feel although it uickly turned violent than I xpected There s a lot of throat. In den Palästen und Hallen Amenkors herrscht trügerischer Friede Doch in den Gassen der Unterstadt leben die Menschen in bitterer Armut Als obdachlose. .
S being slit in this book If characters sneaking around in dark alleys and clawing their way out of the gutter appeals to you this might just be your next favorite read The Skewed Throne is Joshua Palmatier s debut novel the first in a trilogy set in the city of Amenkor The heroine is a girl named Varis self proclaimed gutterscum with the ability to sense threats from those around her The strength of Palmatier s book lies in Varis Varis is a bitter girl hardened by years of living in the Dredge but she retains a core of humanity Her ability to slip into what she calls the river where threats stand out as splashes of red in the currents of the world around her makes her an intriguing point of view character The arly chapters develop Varis as a character and while the pace never slows it feels like the central plot of the book doesn t really start moving until later We learn that the Mistress of Amenkor is losing her mind and it is Varis and her gift who will have to put things right This is not a cheerful book There are at
least five orfive or scenes of rape or attempted rape as well as a number of killings Palmatier never glosses over the violence in Varis life and it is a violent life indeed I have a great deal of respect for that kind of honesty from a writer At the same time some of the rape and killing began to feel repetitive by the time we reached the mid point of the book The Skewed Throne stands alone as a novel but you can see Palmatier setting the groundwork for the story to come The White Fire which swept through Amenkor and apparently gave Varis her gift is never really xplained Only at the nd do we receive our first clues clues which will presumably be xplained in the second and third books Perhaps the best recommendation is that I like Varis nough to want to read the next book And I m very ager to learn about the history of the Skewed Throne and the origin of the White Fire things that were only touched on in this book While it might not appeal to Just Cause everyone if younjoy grittier fantasy I would recommend picking up The Skewed Throne An ngaging if somewhat pedestrian read Reminded me a little of the Lies of Lock Lamora but less clever much straightforward The plotline was predictable what like the main character was ver not going to be the new Mistress but I really liked being in the main character s head Varis was gloriously pragmatic and sensibleThe madness of the Eryn Mistress was poorly xplored for my taste I would have found *the climax believable if she had first manipulated Varis into siting on the skewed throne and then committed suicide sticking *climax believable if she had first manipulated Varis into siting on the skewed throne and then committed suicide sticking with the ruling responsibility but I can understand Palmatier reinforcing his choice theme and having Eryn Mistress make Varis deliberately chooseRecommendation Treat this book as a drinking game and take a shot very time there s a rape a threat of rape or a memory of rape Rape threat memory did not happen to one named female character Of the unnamed characters who were not technically raped the first was left wailing over the raped and murdered body of her young daughter the second was implied and then murdered the third was murdered and her body not inspected for other incidentals It s a mark in the books favor that I carried along reading it despite the rapey mcrapeness A gritty debut fantasyVaris is a young urchin gutterscum by her own admission a street smart thief who manages to survive on the margin by her own wits resorting to violence when the circumstances are forced upon her Living from hand to mouth in The Dredge a shanty town and slum beyond the borders of Amenkor her developing abilities for murder and thievery attract. Waise hat Varis gelernt zu kämpfen Dabei hilft ihr ihre besondere Gabe Sie kann die wahre Natur der Menschen sehen Eines Tages tritt in Meister Assas.