The Falcon Throne

  • by Karen Miller
  • Narrated by Gildart Jackson
  • 35 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When kingdoms clash, every crown will be tarnished by the bloody price of ambition.
A royal widow plots to win her daughter's freedom from the ambitious lords who would control them both. An orphaned prince sets his eyes on regaining his father's stolen throne. And two brothers, divided by ambition, will learn that the greater the power, the more dangerous the game.
A masterful tale of the thirst for power and the cost of betrayal. Epic fantasy at its bloodiest, action-packed best.


What the Critics Say

"Well-constructed fantasy.... This is a dark fantasy that should appeal to fans of Game of Thrones." (RT Book Reviews on The Falcon Throne)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Enjoyable, dark epic tale

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What other book might you compare The Falcon Throne to and why?

Other epic fantasy works by Miller (but not her lighter, funny "alter-ego" K. E. Mills), Joe Abercrombie, Richard K. Morgan, K.J. Parker, Scott Lynch, and yes, George R. R. Martin. And in a good way!

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator was okay with morally "good" characters, but I agree with someone's line that he made all the villains sound like evil cartoon characters. I wish I had read it instead. But if he scales that nasally-villain voice back for the next book, he'd be fine.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The anti-Jane Austen story-- do not marry. Under any circumstance.

Any additional comments?

Too many reviewers are claiming this to be a "Game of Thrones" rip-off, but I guess have never read any of Miller's earlier series like Kingmaker, Kingbreaker or "Empress." All her epic fantasy is dark and grim, and her world-building is wonderful. Yes, "The Falcon Throne" has the same pseudo-medieval feel as "GoT" and other epic fantasy, but the story (which kept me listening almost non-stop despite the narrator) varies enough between different characters that I enjoyed it a lot. If you're a fan of this genre like me, I can recommend "The Falcon Throne" highly.

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- L. Tatum "Tatum"

Story is better than it sounds!

The narration of this book is let down by the way the dialogue is handled. The characters seem to be shouting at each other about 75% of the time and the voices used would be fine if they were in a fairy tale. Real human beings don't talk like that, however.
It's too bad for the author because the story is quite good and the review would have been much better if it wasn't for the distracting voices.
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- Valerie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-09-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio