A gripping standalone novel set in the world of Brian Staveley's Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne trilogy.
After more than a decade teaching history, religion and philosophy, Brian decided to write epic fantasy. He now lives on a steep dirt road in the hills of southern Vermont, where he divides his time between fathering, writing, husbanding, splitting wood, skiing and adventuring - not necessarily in that order.
Brilliant -- V. E. Schwab
Pleasantly grim and emotionally complex . . . an accessible entree for new readers, who will undoubtedly go on to consume the rest of the series' * Kirkus Reviews *
Lush, evocative descriptions sharpen the setting . . . Visceral action scenes and memorable characters bring this tale to life. Despite the outsize aspects of this adventure, it still feels remarkably intimate * Publishers Weekly *
Brian Staveley deftly weaves a fast-paced and compelling tale filled with excellent characterization, vivid world-building, and high personal stakes, making this one an outstanding novel on every level * Bibliosanctum *
Skullsworn is a fantastic standalone book with a very satisfying conclusion * The Book Bag *
Stavely pulls it all off with style * Locus *
Skullsworn displays Staveley's signature bleak style, characters that are teeming with conflict and inner turmoil and exciting small and large-scale fight scenes that should keep every fan of the genre entertained . . . it makes me look forward to my next foray into this exciting universe and makes it easy to give this one a very high recommendation * Fantasy Faction *
This is a warm, funny, character focused novel which is also darkly charming, bloody, and lethal. It was very, very hard to put down, and had an emotional punch to match its high adrenaline moments. If you enjoyed the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne, this is a more than worthy successor text - and if you've never read those, you can pick this up, and know you're in for a fantastic (if sometimes violent) journey * SF & F Reviews *
Highly recommend, especially for fans of female characters that like to kick ass and not always follow the rules * Speculative Herald *
A highly engrossing fantasy world * Fantasy Book Review *
Brian Staveley is a must-read author * The Book Geek *
Kept me mesmerized from start to finish . . . Unique, bold, and exciting, Skullsworn is not to be missed * Qwillery *