The Emperor’s Blades is not a short book, and it is not a standalone book. It is a fantasy epic in the full meaning of that term – it’s a long book, sprawling across a massive world, and its full title is deeply unwieldy. The Emperor’s Blades: Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne, Book One.
I picked it up on a whim, thinking it was a different kind of book entirely (the kindle cover mislead me somewhat – the picture shown here is much more indicative of the actual content). Still though, when I discovered my error, I was not disappointed.