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Wrath of Empire

(Gods of Blood and Powder #2)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  10,489 ratings  ·  604 reviews
The country is in turmoil. With the capital city occupied, half a million refugees are on the march, looking for safety on the frontier, accompanied by Lady Flint's soldiers. But escaping war is never easy, and soon the battle may find them, whether they are prepared or not.

Back in the capital, Michel Bravis smuggles even more refugees out of the city. But internal forces
Paperback, 639 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Orbit
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Bloody fracking hell!! I love these books so much. I love them better than the first trilogy!

Ben, Celine, Ka-Poel, Ilbana, Emrec.. they are my favorites! I love them sooo much! But I do love other characters as well. My nerves were shot every time there was a fight or battle. I hope it ends well in the next book!! 😫

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Incredible character development given to Ben Styke and Michel; a bit conflicted regarding Vlora’s. Wrath of Empire sets up the stage nicely for the hopefully satisfying conclusion of the series.

I’ve mentioned in my review of Sins of Empire that the hype and the positive reviews for both Sins of Empire and Wrath of Empire were the main reason why I ended up giving this trilogy a go. Seeing that I absolutely loved Sins of Empire, I was excited to hear from everyone that Wrath of Empire, Brian McC
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Landfall has fallen. The Dynize have taken over and are bringing in their armies. Lady Vlora Flint and Ben Styke are fleeing with their troops while protecting the refugees. Michel Bravis remains in Landfall attempting to help refugees escape the city. The Red Hand and his forces have enacted a plan that will require Vlora, Ben, Michel, and their allies to do their part and perhaps end the Dynize threat for good.

Wrath of Empire is a solid sequel to Sins of Empire. Anyone who has read the Powder
Jul 10, 2018 added it
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Amazing book. Full review to come.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this from about the halfway point on. It took me a while to get into it at the beginning. I will explain in my full review. I'm really looking forward to the final book to see how everything is wrapped up. Full RTC!

Actual Rating: 4 stars ****
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

It’s good to see Brian McClellan’s second trilogy is coming along nicely. Wrath of Empire is the second installment of Gods of Blood and Powder, which picks up from the end of Sins of Empire, so bear in mind this review may contain possible spoilers for the first book if you aren’t caught up yet. In this sequel, the author continues to develop one of the major plot points from the previous novel concerning the ancient, mag
Kitty G Books
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Honestly, this one was just great! I really enjoyed reading the second instalment in the series (or rather audio-booking it) and I have to say this one is definitely not falling into any second-book's fab!

What I love about this one is that it felt fast. All of the PoV characters are ones we already know and love from the first book and so we instantly set off the story on a good pace and that is maintained throughout the whole thing. Again this book is focusing on a very large-scal
Jon Adams
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This didn't feel like a 639 page book. The action occasionally let's up just enough for you to breathe. Excellent. ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wrath of empire , what a suited name for this book.
A real pleasure to find again the three previous characters from the first book and let me say one thing Brian McClellan have a lot of surprises...
Vlora Flint, Mad Ben Styke and Michel Bravis will have to face bad odds In this book and even their worst fears.
Wrath of empire is mostly about the strength of loyalty in face of the worst ordeals.. will they stand or fray?
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[4.5/5 stars] Mini Review: I’m not going to gush again. Okay, I’m not going to gush more than a paragraph. Wrath of Empire continued to solidify this saga as one of my new all-time favorites. I elaborate quite a bit in my reviews of Promise of Blood (where it all starts) and Sins of Empire (where it all continues), so suffice to say here that the level of quality in these books never diminishes. It has phenomenal characters, excellent relationship dynamics (non-romantic, just great human connect ...more
I have always enjoyed Brian McClellan's writing and this book is a testament on how he has grown as a writer. It seems that he actually listened to his readers and gave us what we want. McClellan is a master storyteller. His plots are tight, intricately designed. His POV characters are very layered and will make you root for them.
Wrath of Empire does not feel like a 600 page book. Unlike some fantasy tomes, it barely has any fillers in it. The pacing, oh my, the pacing is just right. It makes a
Nils | nilsreviewsit
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘He was upon them in a blink of an eye, his sword moving like wings of a hummingbird, soldiers collapsing as he passed like some kind of avatar of death sweeping his scythe through the souls of the damned.’
Wrath of Empire by @brian.mcclellan is the second book in the Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy, and was definitely a worthy sequel. Once again McClellan enriches the story from the first book, but also makes his characters grow in such a fantastic way.
Mad Ben Styke was one of my favourites,
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are authors with the ability to whisk me away in less than a chapter. Brian McClellan (I wonder if related to the Union general) is amongst them.

He has an ability to tell you a story that is complex and compelling and he locks you in since the very beginning. He can also create characters that, despite being horrible monsters and killers, you care and cheer for.

Just an impressive continuation to Sins of Empire. So many angles, so many stories uncovered and some returns to the scenes that
Jarek "the Mistborn" Dąbrowski
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Really good middle book. The conflict escalates and characters grow very nicely. Ben Styke at the moment is one of my favourites. There are some surprises and twists which I wont get into because of spoilers but ill just say that some badass characters from the first trilogy come back:)
Good setup for the final book which I will be reading as soon as its available in Poland.
Solid 4 stars.
Aram Brazilian
Nov 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wrath of Empire is f'ing awesome - and this shouldn't surprise you if you've read everything up to this point - I would be surprised if I'm not preaching to the choir...

I am already looking forward to a re-read - and maybe that sums it up... this is an author that you can read over and over again - the chapters are manageable in size, the pacing is super fast, the characters are the best of the best - I mean, how can you not want to spend more time alongside Taniel and Ka-poel? Vlora and Olem?
Scott  Hitchcock
Book 1: 3.75
Book 2: 3.75

3.75 is the rarest of my ratings. A 3.5 is probably the most common and I always round down. With a 3.75 I just can't give it a 3* but still don't believe it deserves a four.

This is a good series. The problem is its competing against it's predecessor. The characters in this series lack the personality of Tamas, Adom and Adamant along with a lot of the antagonists. They're good characters just not great ones.

Because of that these two books have never had that frantic nee
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Picks up where the last book left of in the aftermath of the Dynize landings & assault.

The style is POV (as always) & within a few short chapters I was acclimatised with the story having struggled to remember at the start the prior book (age I guess!?) what had occurred prior to our point of entry.

General Flint (Flora) is still front & centre of everything along with her man Colonel Olem as is Ben Styke of the Mad lancers, who became a favourite from the first book for me as all the ol’ gang fro
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An non stop action spectacular fantasy story from an author at the height of his storytelling skills.

Good strong female characters and excellent characters maturing as the story goes along.

Brian to me is the best grimdark gunpowder fantasy author we have at the moment.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than Sins of Empire!
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Whilst I did like the Powder Mage series, at times it did lose me. This series however, is, in my opinion, the best that McClellan has written.
Probably one of my favourite book 2's. The pace of the story was just a constant roller coaster ride, with little time to come down and take a breath. I sometimes find that alternating chapters from 3 points of view can make a story a bit disjointed as it takes you out of the arc that you are in. Not so in this story; all three perspectives were constantl
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What is there to say about Wrath of Empire without turning into a fangirling mess? Like the previous novel, Sins of Empire, McClellan storytelling is masterful in its character development, plotting, and pacing.

Before moving any further with my praise for Wrath of Empire, I will say the book does suffer slightly from second book syndrome. Wrath of Empire is very much a means to an end book for most of the characters, especially Ben. This, however, does not hinder enjoyment of this book at a
I loved Sins of Empire, if you haven’t read that one yet I would read that review/book first before reading this review as there will be spoilers for Sins of Empire. I listened to this via audiobook and received it via NetGalley/Orbit – thank you! Spelling goes out the window with audiobooks, so, keep that in mind.

This book picks up where the last one left off – the Dioneyes are invading Fatrasta with a mind to take back their old city, and find their lost artefacts – the most important being th
Aug 07, 2022 rated it really liked it
Ben Styke really carries this series. All of the buildups in the first book of this trilogy continue full speed ahead here.

No spoilers, but the man who was a loose cannon has become a solid fixture in the new power. I say power, but it's mostly a forced march of a retreat while trying to blow up the godstones, so it's definitely bloody. The whole thing continues to be very entertaining.

Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved everything about this book! I need book 3 😭
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Title suits the book so well.
This was amazing and captivating.
Love the way Brian McClellan does worldbuilding and that character development is so good.
Executive Summary: Another excellent book by Mr. McClellan. The first trilogy was good, but this one is so much better so far.

Audiobook: Christian Rodska does another excellent job with this book. He does a variety of voices and accents that really give the audio version that extra something that makes this series a must listen for me.

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When I reviewed Sins of Empire last year, I called it Brian McClellan's best book to date. If this book isn't better than that one, it's a very clos
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
No books are without flaws or at least at least one reader can find something wrong with any book. This should probably be a 5 star for me but a few flaws here and there, which will not be noticed by others have me rounding down to 4 stars.

I am impressed that McClellan can hold my interest for a second series. I have found that the quality of a book 5 or a second trilogy almost always starts falling, but this is one of the exceptions. The story still seems very new, the world still holds mysteri
C.P. Cabaniss
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This may be more in the 3.5 star range. It was good, but I don't think I liked it quite as much as Sins of Empire.

If you haven't read Brian McCellan's original Powder Mage trilogy (which starts with Promise of Blood), I recommend that you do so now. Once you've finished those, move right into this series. It really is excellent.

While I enjoyed this installment in the series, the pacing was quite as good as it was in the previous book. Things dragged much more than I am used to in a McClellan s
Skylar Phelps
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can’t say enough good things about these Powder Mage books. Trust me, you ought to check them out.

Wrath of Empire, in particular, had a number of scenes/moments that impacted me more than I would have expected. The high caliber storytelling blended with memorable characters makes this book a real stand out.

5 Stars
Oct 20, 2017 is currently reading it
OMG the cover is so beautiful! *_*
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Brian McClellan is an American epic fantasy author from Cleveland, Ohio. He is known for his acclaimed Powder Mage Universe and essays on the life and business of being a writer.

Brian now lives on the side of a mountain in Utah with his wife, Michele, where he writes books and nurses a crippling video game addiction.

Brian's novels include the Powder Mage Trilogy (Promise of Blood, The Crimson Camp

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Gods of Blood and Powder (3 books)
  • Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder, #1)
  • Blood of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder, #3)

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