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A Shattered Empire

(Sorcery Ascendant Sequence #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,612 ratings  ·  123 reviews
In this gritty and breathtaking conclusion to the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, the award-winning fantasy series, a young sorcerer must learn to wield his extraordinary powers to defeat two warring empires

In a battle of armies and sorcerers, empires will fall.

After young Caldan’s parents were slain, a group of monks raised the boy and initiated him into the arcane mysteries
Kindle Edition, 592 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Harper Voyager
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Petros Triantafyllou
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Shattered Empire is the perfect closure for an excellent sequence (that's right, a sequence. And when there is a sequence, there are more to follow) by a relatively new author that decided to get famous. And you can't stop him.

To begin with, this is a book that isn’t just about magic and fighting, but about rightness, ideals and values, desires and reality, compulsion and free will. Trust, and realizing that appearances can be deceiving in more than one way. You could say that Mitchell Hogan
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 2.5 stars.

After being a bit disappointed by the second book in this series I decided to give the third one a chance to redeem this series and now that I’m done I have to say that this one succeeded, it succeeded in taking my precious time away, time that I should have been spending on a better book.

To be fair, this was a better book than the previous one but in the end I’m left with an impression that a lot of things that happened were unnecessary, like the story arcs with a dead
Scott  Hitchcock
Prologue: 2* (Read after book 1)
Book 1: 4.5*
Book 2: 2.75*
Book 3: 4*

Such an up and down series. Reading book three it reiterated to me how much of a disappointment book 2 was and why it took me so long to get around to finishing the series. So much wasted motion much of which could have been eliminated or condensed. Had this been a duology it would have read much better.

As for book three it definitely was darker. Really each book trended in that direction. If book one was a dark Harry Potter boo
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great conclusion to an amazing trilogy.
I want to give a decent comprehensive feedback but in essence, action packed, story driven and character development are there.
I genuinely loved most of the main characters (Lady Felicienne first of all!) and I was particularly fond of the magic system.
Also, Mitchell Hogan had the ability to make (almost) every single character likeable. In addition to this, throughout the series new and different elements are introduced and they pretty much work!

If you li
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: high-priority
Woof! I barely got through this mess. I really liked this series when I read book one and two last year but even then a few things niggled at me. Those seeds of dissatisfaction grew into a tremendous tree of terribleness in this last installment.

First of all, most of the characters in this series are barely two dimensional and sometimes vestigial. There were a glut of characters who added little to the story and in turn slowed the action of the plot unnecessarily. The main character, Caldan, wa
Julia Sarene
Solid ending for a series I really enjoyed!
As always with later books in a series, this will be a shorter review, as I assume you have already read the earlier books of the series, and liked them enough to check out later sequels.

It was a really good read, and kept me well entertained all the way through. We meet some new characters and are reacquainted with others from the earlier books. The characters keep growing and changing over the course of the story, and felt real to me.

The magic was a
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
It's an ending I guess

I have honestly wanted this series to do well since the first book. Sadly the quality deteriorates as the series progresses. The motivations and the actions of the various antagonists is unbelievable and frequently veers into the absurd. It was a very frustrating read. But credit to the author, at least he mercifully brought us some closure. A rare thing in the fantasy genre today. That earns this book 2 stars.
Mark Medina
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I can't be bothered with a long winded review. This whole series is really good. ...more
Trevor Sherman
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
A Shattered Empire (Sorcery Ascendant Sequence #3) was rather frustrating for me. My problem was with just one character for the most part and I never noticed it in the first 2 books but I almost gave up half way through. The main POV, Caldan cannot make a decision about anything. If he comes to a fork in the road the next 3 pages are him thinking what might go wrong if he goes left then the next 6 pages are what might go wrong if he goes right but 3 of the pages are practically the same 3 from ...more
Chris C
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Enjoyable trilogy- Couldn't quite get into this final book however. Not sure if its me, or the book but it didn't grab me on this occasion and despite all his skills, the main character lacked personality. 3.5 stars from me

Ryan Mueller
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the first two books of this series. The third one was even better. I spent the last third of the book glued to the pages because I had no clue how things were going to play out. There were so many things working against Caldan in this one, and it was really fun to watch how he tried to untangle himself from bad situation after bad situation.

Overall, this is a series that I think should have a lot more readers than it does. I think fans of Sanderson will find a lot to like in Hogan
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I need this book to drop like tomorrow!!! 1st 2 were mesmerizing. Can't wait... (nail biting anxious lol) ...more
Zurlo Enrico
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
After reading again the first two books before this one I have to admit that I was too generous in giving them 5 stars. Probably it was a period in which I had read only bad books and finding something good made me add a star or two.
Still....back to this book. It was better than the second one in the story. Let me give you some insights:
(view spoiler)
Gareth Otton
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a considerable improvement over the second novel in the trilogy, but unfortunately there was just too much ground that needed to be recovered after that book and this novel just wasn't up to the task.

By far my favourite aspect of this book was that the author once again focused on Caldan's story more so than any other. As the central character in this series his is the story I cared about most and it should never have been pushed aside in the second book. The problem is that it wa
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.5 stars

I have enjoyed this series. The first book was easily my favourite but this book did finish the series off well.

The world building took a bit if a back seat as this was.much more about the characters and their ultimate goal. It was still good though and really described what was going on. There was a lot of destruction of places, people, things, etc in this book and it really was well described.

The characters were interesting and again Caldan was at the forefront but lots
Elizabeth Fantham
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, but it was just too boring. To be honest I haven't even finished reading it. I decided to stop 3/4 of the way through because I'm just not paying attention to it.

I didn't care for the second in the series either, I had hoped it would get better. I feel like there are to many excess characters with no real purpose. This entire story overall could of been cut in half and been fantastic. Same type characters doing same type evil things. it's just pointless. One of
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Book 1 - 5 stars
Book 2 - 4 stars
Book 3 - 3 stars (barely)

This book (the last in the series) starts immediately after the ending to Book 2 which means instead of the usual story (beginning, middle & end) we really only have a middle and an end to the book which left me aggravated and not really able to get into this book until about page 200+

All of the usual characters are here and all the storylines progress and grow but something was just missing. It felt forced which made me have to force myse
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 stars here.
Book three picks up right from the end of book 2.
Our hero Caldan returns as he seeks to find a cure for Miranda, and battle the corrupt Emperor, and try to save the world.
With this series there is great world building, a solid magic system, and compelling characters.
I really, really wanted to like this book more than I do. Mitchell Hogan can write, I know because Harper Voyager has sent me a copy of each book in this series for review and I picked up the free audiobook of the associated short story on my own. (Definitely check out At the Sign of the Crow and Moon, it'll hook you into the series.) Hogan did lag a bit in the first book, yes, and this one still has plenty to like, but that's part of my problem. On occasion it felt patched together, jumpy, and ...more
This book ended up being pretty disappointing for me, and I didn't have high hopes to begin with. For much of this book, little things that irritated me in books 1 and 2 were even more prevalent; Caldan’s flip-flopping over what he thinks of people/situations without any kind of reveal that they aren’t what they seem, female characters being side-lined or reduced to Support For The Men, short time skips that avoided important conversations that would reveal plot points too early that just made t ...more
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really wanted to like this book as the previous two were really good. Maybe it was the time waiting for this book to come out, it's a complicated story with lots of characters and there wasn't a reminder or catch up on the story so far before diving in. I personally missed that, having read so many other books in between. The beginning and middle I found quite ponderous, the end redeemed it. I would still like to know more of what happened to the surviving characters. I've given it 4 stars for ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
A Shattered Empire was a disappointing ending to the trilogy. It wasn't in and of itself the worst book ever; as the conclusion (currently?) to the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence it seemed worse than any other book on the sub-par side of mediocre. This will sort of be a review of the whole sequence because a lot of the problems with this installment were found throughout the earlier books.

1) Mitchell Hogan loves the cliches. This is a criticism I could attribute to personal preference. I prefer auth
Dec 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
For a book with maybe 20-30 total characters, only 1-2 of them have as much depth as a puddle... maybe. Okay, maybe that is doing the puddle a disservice. This is some of the flattest, most generic trope-copying fantasy I've ever read. It's basically an outline of a fantasy novel, never filled in with any actual characters.

There's a main character who is the flat "eh, I'm not really ambitious, but geez, I guessssss I'll do whatever if it'll save the planet, geeeez mom, can I just be normal yet?"
H. P.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-sf
In my review of book 1 of the Sorcery Ascendant sequence, I compared it favorably with 90s fantasy and noted its potential. Book 2, Blood of Innocents, was by no means bad, but there was far too much wheel-spinning. Book 3, A Shattered Empire, builds on the first two books and brings the various plot threads together for a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. If you’re in the mood for traditional fantasy, Hogan is a writer to watch.

Once again, a dramatis personae is provided. I didn’t find it n
Jazmin Quinci
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Ehhh good

First off, felt like the story would never ever end. Not one of my favorites. However it was enthralling to an extent. I listened to it from start to end. I was curious. Thought there would be more surprise but no. No shocking conclusion to tug on the tear ducts. This is the first book I can actually say I heard before.

Also there is a lack of heroes, there is so much bad, selfish, power mongering with very little good to balance the storyline. Everyone is a threat to each other. Even C
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those series that I'd had on the audio shelf for sometime, just not getting around to tackling the 20 something hours for each book. I listened to "At the Sign of the Crow and the Moon" a while back, gave it 3 stars and went on. Before listening to the series, I re-listened to it, now having known Felice, I would most likely go with 5 stars. The prequel also goes in to the Dominion game more thoroughly, which adds to the enjoyment of the series.
Caldan has been on a maturing journ
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Done. I’d been thinking of finishing this series for a few years after listening to book one. Finally ended up getting book two (I’m still not sure what happened—it’s like I had the option to download it on the Audible app so I pressed it, but I don’t know if I got charged anywhere for it or what—was it a freebie somehow? will I see a charge if I look? I thought I couldn’t buy books off the app—I’m so confused) so went for the series. Each book is 20+ hours, so it’s a substantial one. I’d say no ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, read-2017
This is an open-ended conclusion for a trilogy: (view spoiler) But it's not a trilogy, oops - just the closure of one arc. Though there are no future books planned.

This was an enjoyable read; Dominion has mostly fallen out of the picture (to my disappointment: I would have loved to read more about games), and everyone's focused on war and defeating various peopl
Karla Schneider
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
What gives a story of heroic ventures the suspense and ultimately its overcoming? Well, getting captured of course! Hey look, Caldan was captured again, I sure hope he learned from the last 3 times this happe-NOPE! Not a chance.
This was a desperate attempt to ask for sympathy with the help of misfortune so Caldan can't be blamed for his stupidity or victimizing himself and lacking the proactive mindset that defines a hero. It works, I don't think Caldan is weak, or passive, or ineffective; the
Dec 27, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, series
I don't usually review books, but after enjoying the first book, the story took a turn for the worse for me. The reason I enjoyed the first book so much was because there seemed to be a 'good' protagonist and other interesting characters that were both good and bad... but that's the thing. So much fantasy now revolves around 'grey' characters, what really is 'evil'?, and a lot of drama (think George RR Martin). I personally like 'fantasy' stories where good and evil are well defined and there is ...more
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When he was eleven, Mitchell Hogan was given the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to read, and a love of fantasy novels was born. He spent the next ten years reading, rolling dice, and playing computer games, with some school and univer

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