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The Infernal Battalion

(The Shadow Campaigns #5)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  3,416 ratings  ·  278 reviews
Military might and arcane power clash in Django Wexler’s thrilling new Shadow Campaigns novel.

The Beast, the ancient demon imprisoned beneath the fortress-city of Elysium for a thousand years, has been loosed on the world. It absorbs mind after mind, spreading like a plague through the north. The fell army it has raised threatens the heart of Vordan, and it is under the c
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Ace
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M.L. Brennan Hmm..... a hint......

There will be cannons.

LOTS of cannons.

And Marcus's resume is starting to look a little complicated.…more
Hmm..... a hint......

There will be cannons.

LOTS of cannons.

And Marcus's resume is starting to look a little complicated.(less)
Emily I was wondering the same thing so I asked the author on Twitter. He said the 5th book is the last and it should be out in Jan. 2018.

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Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Flintlock/military fantasy fans
ARC provided by the publisher—Ace—via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

A good ending to an overall fantastic series, but in my opinion, The Infernal Battalion didn't live up to the greatness of its predecessors.

The first thing you should know is that I love this series; there’s no way I'll binge-read a five-book series if I didn’t truly enjoy each installment. However, The Infernal Battalion disappointed me and I’m extremely disheartened to give the last book in this series less than 4-
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Geez. What do I even say?

This is literally one of the best fantasy series I have ever read.

It just hit all the right notes for me.

An expansive world set in the age of gun smoke, and upon a foundation of nuanced & well-researched military strategy.

A smartly written story line teeming with interesting magic & a satisfying grand design.

An amazing cast of characters, each with their own unique personalities, each rising to the occasion as necessary, and each capturing me with their individual depth
Em Lost In Books
Took me more than a year to read this final installment but I am glad I took a long break. I am sure I would have hated it had I read it after the awesomeness of penultimate book. This being the finale, I was expecting some great battles instead I got political endeavours of Raesinia, Winter wandering without knowing the destination, Marcus as always worrying about the impending battles. First book had more battles than this finale. I missed Janus! This book made me realize how important he was ...more
Django Wexler
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It's amazing to finally reach the end of this series. Thanks to everyone who's read this far, and I hope you all enjoy the last volume! ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Flintlock Fantasy lovers
I would like to thank the editors for providing this ARC, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

You can find this review and more at Booksprens.

The Infernal Battalion is equally a well-thought out and frustrating finale. This was objectively a very good book, mixing as usual detailed battles, politics, strategies and magic. It just wasn’t a book for me. Though I liked the characters and couldn’t wait to see how things would evolve and
Scott  Hitchcock
Book 1: 5*
Book 2: 3.75*
Book 3: 3.75*
Book 4: 5*
Book 5: 3.5*

The problem with book five is that it resets and doesn't capture the crescendo that was book four. Much like The GreatCoats this would have been a much better series had it ended one book sooner and added 25 pages to that book.

The book it self starts out with the cardinal sin of recapping ad nauseam which is a pet peeve of mine. After that each of our main characters has their own thread and eventually they are intertwined. At the end th
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Often it is said that the final book that can either make or break a series, but I’m thrilled to report that The Infernal Battalion is a finale that exceeded my expectations, bringing about a stunning conclusion to The Shadow Campaigns.

As this is a review for the fifth and final installment of the series, the usual caveats apply: beware of possible spoilers for the previous books, if you are not already caught up. A grea
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great conclusion to a fantastic series. I am really going to miss these characters and this world. So many good things to take away from this one. I hope Mr. Wexler decides to visit this world again in a future series.

4.5 stars ****
Jack +Books & Bourbon+
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think that this will be one of my more bittersweet reviews, as The Infernal Battalion is the final novel in The Shadow Campaigns, a series which I am unabashedly a huge fan of. It’s always a difficult proposition, heading into the final book of a series, especially a series that you’ve followed since it started. Harry Potter was like that for me, as was The Wheel of Time and Mistborn. When you invest so many hours with certain books, you feel connected to the characters in ways that are someti ...more
M.L. Brennan
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I've read it (yeah, that's right everyone -- be jealous) and it is AMAZING. A fantastic end to the series, and I think one of the strongest entries. No last-book burnout here -- incredibly tense, huge stakes, amazing battles, great characterization, some good laughs, big surprises, and a really wonderful ending.

I'm not going to give any spoilers, but I'm just telling you all -- this is going to be worth your wait. It's epic.
Lena K.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Oh Marcus... I’m going to miss you the most.

It’s always hard to say goodbye to your favorite characters after such a long journey.
That’s why I don’t know what’s better - reaching the end of the road and saying farewell or waiting for the author to finish the series (hmm George Martin), and thus stalling the ending a bit and getting more time invested in the story. Oh well, I can always re-read :)

Anyway, loved the series, it generally improved over the course of the books. This last one though,
Executive Summary: While not quite as good as the last two books, Mr. Wexler finished this series quite well. It's easily one of the best fantasy series of the last several years. I highly recommend you pick it up.

Audiobook: Richard Poe once again does a good job here. The issues with his volume I've had in the past seem to be resolved. I'm not sure if that's his doing, or just improvements to the recording process or both. He's still a bit on the quiet side, but nothing like I remember from the
Hiu Gregg
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great end to the series, with a much bigger focus on the characters than the action. Loved it. Can't wait to see what Wexler writes next. ...more
Sherwood Smith
Don’t read this if you haven’t read the previous four books.
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Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Infernal Battalion is the fifth and final book in Wexler’s flintlock fantasy series, The Shadow Campaigns. I enjoyed the whole series, and I was very satisfied with how everything wrapped up in this last book.

The series primarily focuses on military and political matters in a fictional world, with a pretty heavy emphasis on military maneuvers and battles. That aspect of the story never grew tedious to me, not even after five books, because there was always something different going on and th
Mark Harrison
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very satisfying end to a magnificent series as the three main protagonists hurtle towards the final battle with the Beast - now resurrected in the lover of one of those main characters. Classic 'flintlock fantasy' will lots of battles and political intrigue including a short lesson in national economics. Wexler is not one for Hollywood endings so be prepared for the loss of much loved characters and friends made over the long series. Definitely one of the very best series I have read and I wil ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All right, let’s answer the most important question first: yes, he sticks the landing.

And come on, let’s be honest here, I can’t have been the only one wondering if Django Wexler could possibly pull this off, given the way The Guns of Empire ended. Where can the story go from here? How can the characters come back from this? The more the implications of that last scene sunk in the more questions arose in my mind, but they all boiled down to the same thing; what’s going to happen next?

Luckily, an
Blodeuedd Finland
Even if I have enjoyed this series, I do feel like it could have been a trilogy, or 4 book series. Some things could have been taken out in earlier books to wrap it up faster.

Cos in this one something goes wrong yet again! I mean rotten luck right!?

The former commander of the forces had turned sides and calls himself Emperor and that means civil war. Of course he has been eaten by a demon so not really his fault.

Marcus has to keep the army in order to fight his old friend. I do like Marcus, he
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My journey with this series has finally come to an end! Everything about this finale was wonderful. It wrapped up a lot of the loose ends and plot threads created throughout the other four books in a way that was ultimately satisfying. Two of the best things about this series were the characters and the world. Each book brought a new level to how big this world actually is which was wonderful. With some books it feels like you never fully get to see the entirety of the world that was created. Th ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, a-own-it
Overall I really liked this series and liked Wexler's writing. However, I think this series went on one book too far. While I enjoyed this book, I thought large sections of it were repetitive or just unnecessary. About 75% of the way through I was thinking "this isn't even getting close to wrapping up", and then ultimately the entire ending happened in 50 pages. The ending tied everything up neatly, it just felt a bit rushed.

Here's what I liked:

Many of the secondary characters were favorites -
Sotiris Karaiskos
I have no complaints from the book that closes this very interesting series, it is definitely very interesting and fascinating and it ends this story in an intense and moving way. The only thing I can say is that in the finale of a series I am waiting for a book that will be the culmination of the story, that will reach the intensity at the strongest point and will leave the reader full of very strong emotions in the end and this does not happen in it the case, not because the book is inferior o ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The grand finale of an excellent series was an enjoyable blend of military, strategy, politics, friendship, power, magic, family and love. This time we follow the individual journeys of Winter, Raesinia and Marcus, which moves the story nicely along and gives it this excellent mix. I honestly can’t say that I preferred one over the other and relished every moment spent with these familiar, interesting and exceptional characters that I’m already sad to see them go. Still the ending was very satis ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 stars.
Predictable, dragging at times.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The ending is a bit anticlimactic, but a decent read overall.
Skylar Phelps
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series was all that I hoped it would be. I am quite satisfied with it, now that it’s finished. The conclusion to the series and this last book itself wasn’t the strongest part of it all but I’m okay with that.

I truly enjoyed the whole experience.
Infernal Battalion concludes the excellent 5-part flintlock series, The Shadow Campaigns. But is it the epic conclusion we have been waiting for ? It sure tries...


It's hard to talk about the story without getting into spoilers, but as The Guns of Empire ended with a major cliffhanger, I can say that it picks up a short while after that, with most of the dust settled. Not exactly the point I wanted it to pick up but then that rarely happens. Author's freedom and everything.

The rest of the st
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Another great series comes to an end, now I have to find something else to read for the coming years.

Well until Mr Wexler and fellow authors write there next book 1 of a 2+ book series.

This was great ending to a wonderfully written 5 book series, excellent world building and really well written and well used female characters both main characters and the rank and file who really were the stars of this series.

So I am fully recommend this series to one and all bookworms.
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
The last book in Wexler’s Shadow Campaign series, The Infernal Battalion doesn’t disappoint.

Look. I can’t talk about The Infernal Battalion without talking about the previous books. The series starts with The Thousand Names, and it only improves from there. It’s a military fantasy series that is super great about including queer characters and female characters, and I love it a lot even though military fantasy isn’t really my subgenre. If that sounds appealing, I suggest you check out my review
3.5 stars.

Warning - potential spoilers for any one who hasn’t read the series.


*deep sigh*

As much as I want to give this all the stars in the world, I must say that I am a little disappointed with the end of this series. Don’t get me wrong, it was still incredibly well-written and thought-out, and Wexler’s attention to detail is as great as it ever is in the previous novels of the series… But it’s the finale. I expected more. I expected to be absolutely blown away.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I need more Janus, that's all. ...more
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Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays g ...more

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The Shadow Campaigns (5 books)
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“When we weigh up the balance sheet of our lives, it's always easy to see the costs. People we've hurt, mistakes we've made. But the other side of the balance can be harder to make out. How do you measure what didn't happen? Friends who didn't die because of something you did, wars that didn't start, cities that never burned. That has to count for something, doesn't it?"

"You can't know what would have happened," Winter said. "Maybe everyone would have been better off."

"It's possible," Abraham said placidly. "But you can't know that for certain, either. Out of all the possible worlds, we can't know if this is the best, the worst, or somewhere in between. But it's one we've got.”
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