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A Shattered Empire

(Sorcery Ascendant Sequence #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,939 ratings  ·  98 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
Mark Halse
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
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.
Kitvaria 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
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

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.
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)
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
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)
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Alon Lankri
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hi Mitch, I really enjoyed your sorcery ascendant series. The characters and world building were well done. The fighting sequences were also described well. My only critiques are the character of Miranda who I felt was just there to fulfill a purpose rather than exist, her motivations, and history felt odd and the beginning of the first novel made it appear that she was part of some scheme involving Caldan. I also felt as if the character Selbourne had an unexplored relationship with Miranda and ...more
Robin Musch
This series is fairly simple in its writing. There are a lot of repetitive phrases. Characters need quite a bit more fleshing out to make them interesting. I feel the author could stand to read a couple of good romance books if only to develop the characters and their relationships more deeply. There is not much intrigue. Little descriptive language use such as onomatopoeia, metaphors, similies, etc. It definitely needs better editing. There are several words that are misspelled or misused (thou ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This falls somewhere between three and four stars for me, as has been the case throughout all of Mitchell Hogan's Sorcery Ascendent Sequence. A Shattered Empire is the final book of the series and I think Hogan has done a pretty good job of completing his trilogy.

I think the best part of A Shattered Empire is Caldan's character growth. He's never been the most compelling or likable character, but it's in this last part of the series where his narrative arc finally delivers the good. He constantl
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Since book two I've struggled whether to rate the books 2 stars or 3 stars. Don't know if it is me being in a low mood or if I genuinely don't like the books. Probably a bit of both. Anyway I'm still going to rate this one a 3 star as well. It began good, but after the half-mark point it went a bit down hill and by the end I struggled to finish it. It probably doesn't look good if it is the ending of a series that has the reader struggle at most. But maybe all the stuff that bothered me finally ...more
Jordan Steinhoff
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
A generally acceptable, if not quiet satisfying, end to the series.

Everybody you want to die, dies. Everybody you want to live, lives.

All goes as expected but the pacing seems very laboured. Like, the author wasn't sure if he was doing two books to finish the story or just one and decides part way through that it will be just one. And so a lot of stuff suddenly happens and a lot of stuff is crammed into the middle third of the book with some characters going through major changes without blinkin
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