The Emperor's Blades is told from three (3) main focal points: Kaden, Valyn, and Adare, who are children of the emperor and are thrown into the thick of it once their father is murdered. Though there are three (3) different stories intertwining here, the majority of the book is focused on Kaden and Valyn. Adare factors very little in the book and that will begin to change once you get further into the trilogy. What I loved most about the book is story of Kaden, the upcoming ruler, who has no formal training to speak of and is currently being taught by monks, you know, because they are the first ones to know about ruling an empire.. lol. His is the story that begins and ends the novel and really gets the ball rolling when the crap hits the fan. I also really enjoyed learning about the Kettral and their wings, and I'm not talking about the large birds they flew into battle on. There is plenty of fighting and demolition to keep your heart pumping, a little bit of love to keep you swooning, and plenty of deception and intrigue to keep you reading.
All in all, there is a ton to love about Book 1 and much to look forward to in The Providence of Fire. There are nods to other fantasy authors like GRR Martin, but The Emperor's Blades stands on its own as the beginning to a wonderful trilogy. Grab a copy and I must urge you to listen to the audio if you have the opportunity. You will not be disappointed.