Varis learned to survive as a very young child in the slums of Amenkor. And when the mysterious White Fire swept through the city for the second time in a millunnium, bringing madness, drought, famine, and disease to the land, Varis survived that as well.
But she was changed by the Fire's spell, and she was not the only person marked by the White Fire. Eryn, Mistress of the Skewed Throne, still reigned over the city after the Fire's passing. Yet from that moment, Amenkor began a steady decline, and Eryn herself seemed to hover on the edge of madness.
As Amenkor deteriorated, Varis came to the attention of some of the most powerful people in the city, people who could see her unique potential. And she found herself transformed from gutterscum to unofficial Seeker to bodyguard to assassin. Yet none of her skills could save her from a destiny she never wanted.
Varis became the new Mistress of the Skewed Throne. Untrained, unprepared, not certain who she could trust, Varis took the Throne at the most perilous point in Amenkor's history. The city was on the brink of starvation, and the trading ships sent out to bring back supplies had disappeared without a trace.
And both Varis and Eryn were obsessed with a vision they alone had shared―Amenkor invaded by an unknown enemy, the harbbor watchtowers destroyed, wrecked ships sinking in waters stained red with blood, the city itself engulfed in flames.
|Series:||Throne of Amenkor , #2|
|Sold by:||Penguin Group|
|File size:||450 KB|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Both his book The Skewed Throne and the Cracked Throne are very unusual and hard to label books. They are Dark, but not so dark I could not read them. They are bleak, but not so bleak I could not stand them. They are tough, but so interesting and compelling I could not put them down. There is real and important reasons behind all the action and violence. Unusual settings, characterization and a fresh writing voice make The Skewed Throne and the Cracked Throne top of my list of books to give or recommend to all the guys and most of the gals I know. I am sooo excited there is one more to come! The Vacant Throne is out January!
The Cracked Throne is an ambitious continuation of The Skewed Throne. I am happy to say that it improves. Following the events of the last book, Varis is now in a position of greater power. I liked that Palmatier shows Varis and her faults and her working through some of them. For instance, he takes time to acknowledge the fact that she can't read. He addresses that. It makes Varis more rounded. We see her heroics but we also see the mundane. Palmatier did a very good job of creating a history for the Skewed Throne. Very interesting indeed. His enemy, the Chorl, isn't simply a threat to be feared. I found myself sympathetic to them because they aren't just faceless and simply a malevolent force. They also happend to have a reason for what they are doing. I think this added element makes them a better enemy. Makes them a better challenge. I cannot wait for the third book.
The White Fire caused pandemic destruction as it swept through the coastal city of Amenkor (see THE SKEWED THRONE). Rich and poor were impacted few were immune to its devastation. Slum child Varis should have been an obvious victim of the carnage, but somehow the orphaned waif survived the lethal White Fire just like she endured the streets living as a thief and assassin. Fate twists further as Varis has become the Mistress of Amenkor a city in ruin spiraling into further chaotic annihilation as civil war seems imminent but against who is unknown as some force keeps attacking the cargo vessels that bring food to the city. Most people lack the necessities of life because of food shortages contaminated water and a lack of decent shelters. Varis must do for many what she has always successfully done for one, herself. Her hope lies with her precursor, Eryn who survived the White Fire, but apparently lost her mind while doing so. Sitting on the Skewed Throne provides Varis access to the collective wisdom of her predecessors, but only one of those before ever faced the aftermath of the White Fire and that long lost dead ruler had no organized insurrection to cope with. --- This terrific complex sequel continues with the premise of placing Lord Acton¿s warning that ¿power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely' even with a fresh idealist on the throne especially when a world goes from complacency to overnight crisis. The story line focuses on Varis¿ efforts to feed the people while coping with political challenges, the insanity of Eryn, a possible civil war and a need to stop those preventing the in coming shipments. Fantasy readers will appreciate this powerful condemnation of absolute power works absolutely terribly when it comes to easing a mass crisis. --- Harriet Klausner