So the other day, I finished up Providence of Fire, the second novel in Brian Staveley’s Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the wonderful Simon Vance. To put it simply, it was pretty good. Not my favorite, but pretty good.
I like the world that Staveley has created. It has a lot of traditional fantasy elements, but sometimes that familiarity is nice when it’s done well. Staveley also writes some very good fight scenes and a fast-paced narrative, which I greatly appreciate.
I’m not as fond of Staveley’s characters however. All three point of view characters (Valyn, Kaden, and Adare) experience some pretty serious lapses in judgment and I struggled to understand their motivations at times.
I don’t really feel like giving a full review at the moment, but I will say that I enjoyed the first two novels enough to read the third in the series, which I believe will be the conclusion.
Although I found the novel to enjoyable overall, I don’t think it will make my Hugo nomination ballot.