Arya Nameless is many things. She’s an orphan, a Raider of Ravenstrike and a damn loyal friend and solider. But one thing she’s not, and that’s a magic-wielder. Like everyone who lives in Dunidean, she fears magic and part of her duties as a Raider is hunting out the Shadeweavers who haunt the Diamondfang mountains and who murder her Shield-mates on almost every encounter. But when she’s on a mission to ensure a neighbouring fort in the mountains is safe, her world falls apart. She’s told she’s a Skylord potential; a member of the ruling class of the neighbouring country of Andahar, and that the terrifying Nightstalker is hunting her. And, although Arya doesn’t believe the messenger, she can’t help but notice that events are quickly running out of her control.
It’s only when she’s offered an apprenticeship she believed surpassed her station of being a Nameless, that she’s able to regain some semblance of control over her life. The Warlord for Ravenstrike State, Thiara Ravenstrike, has recognised something special in Arya and is determined to elevate her far above being a simple Nameless Raider. Arya is welcomed into the Warlord’s home, and along with the Warlord’s mute son, Rorin and the two Shadeweaver children the warlord has adopted – Darmanin Crowtalon (the second son of Crowtalon warlord and a magic-wielder) and Essa, the daughter of the leader of the Shadweavers, she finds that she’s got so much more to live for than simply surviving. She has a family that she instinctively wants to protect…
The Nameless Throne is the first novel in Cassidy’s new series The Inkweaver Archive, and as such means that Cassidy has to detail a brand new world with different lores and laws in order for the series to be as rich as her previous sets. It means The Nameless Throne is a bit of a slow starter; with much of the novel taken up with the complex and detailed history of Dunidean, Andahar and Khadini. It’s a lot to take in, with the past and the makeup of this world being so diverse, that at times, it kind of detracts from Arya’s story. But, that’s not a bad thing. As a reader, I was more drawn to the rich backstories and was left thirsting for answers to the many questions that I had regarding the hazy, mysterious past of Andahar and how the Skylord potentials had wound up in Dunidean. I certainly can not wait for Arya, Rorin, Darmanin and Essa’s story to continue.
You can purchase The Nameless Throne from September 21st 2023, and will be available to read for free by subscribers to Kindle Unlimited.
The Nameless Throne was sent directly to me by Lisa Cassidy as an Advanced Reader Copy to review fairly and honestly.