The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

The Emperor's Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #1)Prologue: Children have come down with an illness called mortality, the cure is… to kill them? Feh.

Chapter 1: Monks live a harsh life, but they are trained to be very observant. If they are not observant enough, they get whipped until their backs bleed.

Chapter 2: Being in the army is great! – not for the trainees. But Our Army [tm] is better than Their Army [tm] because We [tm] include women while They [tm] don’t. Except that the Prince who is treated Just Like Everyone Else [tm] treats his fellow trainees like eye candy if they happen to be women. Since there are so many more men, at some point the prince should notice one of hte two female trainees ogling them, but nope. Girls Don’t Do That [tm].

Chapter 2, end: The Prince’s older brother is hidden in the monastery in the back of beyond. Wait, that novice monk who was beaten up last chapter was a prince? And he never bothered to mention? The Prince in this chapter sure keeps track of how he has to navigate being treated Just Like Everyone Else [tm].

I’m bored and this little twist is just annoying. Good bye, book.

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