Blood of Empire
'A fast-paced story, set in a brilliantly realised world . . . One of the best fantasy novels of recent years' Bookbag on Sins of Empire
Brian McClellan's Sins of Empire began an epic tale of magic and revolution. The story continued in Wrath of Empire, as rebels, spies and sorcerers clashed. Now this thrilling adventure reaches an explosive conclusion in Blood of Empire,...more
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Six years after the first publication of Promise of Blood, it’s time to say goodbye to the Powder Mage universe.
Blood of Empire is the third and last book in the Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy. McClellan has also said that this will be the final novel in the Powder Mage universe, and there’s a chance there won’t be any new full-novel in this universe, at least not for years because McClellan has a new series—Glass Immortals— ...more
"One of the greatest dangers a soldier could face was the feeling of his own invincibility."
Blood of Empire is Brian McClellan's third and final novel in the Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy. Let me begin by saying I really enjoyed the characters in this series. The three main POV's; Vlora Flint, Mad Ben Styke, and Michel Brevis were some of the best written characters I have come across in some time. Ben Styke was the highlight of these books for me. His personality, commanding page ...more
Apart from that, I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did McClellans previous works. Not sure if I liked the ending. It felt rushed and I don't know how I feel about certain outcomes from it.
Would still recommend this series, and of course the Powder Mage trilogy. Since it ...more
Blood of Empire was largely what I expected from the conclusion of the Gods of Blood and Power series. Lots of intrigue and battles. I was hoping to see if Brian McClellan had something more or truly unexpected in store for this book, but he unfortunately didn't. Blood of Empire is the first book in the Powder Mage universe that I ...more
Brian McClellan is one of my favorite
Three years ago I was pleasantly surprised when he announced a new trilogy set in the same world, featuring one of the characters that I felt was underused, misunderstood and even marginalized in the first trilogy, Vlora Flint. There are of course two other main POV characters, a ...more
I really liked this book, but it just was a bit too tame for a Powder Mage book.
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Watching an author create his borderless fictional playground is a reader’s ultimate pleasure. When it comes to epic fantasy novels, there are a couple of authors who achieve this and effortlessly expand their universe with incredible expertise, as they not only explore different zones, characters, and stories, but also tackle different periods in time and generations in the past, present, and future. This often leads readers to appreciate the ...more
What I enjoyed the most about this trilogy, especially with Blood of Empire, is the balance between the military fantasy elements and magic. I’m not ...more
It has been a rich, deeply satisfying journey of near-death scenarios with half crazed, exasperating, and sometimes near-invincible characters who had to prove their worth again and again in the face of overwhelming odds.
The characters enjoyed the dizzying heights of triumph, often side by side with the despairing depths of defeat. Of course, the characters are unique, one of the standouts of this ...more
“No one cares about atrocities decades after the fact, when trade is good and the rich are getting richer.”
Again, it was Vlora, with whom I’ve had the most problems: (view spoiler)[ running into battle with her bodyguards (hide spoiler)]. ...more
I will look for future stories from Brian McClellan.
3/5. Disappointing and rushed ending: the trilogy as a whole is still recommended. While insufficient, rushed, a bit out of character (Michel Bravis, anyone?) and somewhat predictable, the ending is exciting enough and does not ruin what has come before. On the whole, the Powder Mage trilogy was far stronger.
So assuming you're someone who has read all the previous 5 books, the question is basically: does this finale hold up as a capstone to the series?
The answer is that it's complicated. As an individual book, I adored it, just like I liked ...more
This was an immensely enjoyable book however it's my least favourite in this trilogy and I think it's objectively the weakest. I really enjoyed it however when I look at my list of pros and cons, my list of cons is fairly large and my list of pros simply reads "everything else".
My cons are:
The lack of Lindet, Taniel, Olem and Ibana in this book not to mention Serial doesn't actually show his face at all til the end.
I wanted more from Ichtracia.
Vlora kind of sucks here. Also her ...more
Reading Blood of Empire was like waiting for a year to get a table at a fancy restaurant that is supposed to have some of the best creme brulee in the country. However, when you arrive there they tell you they are out of the creme brulee. So you order another dish. This dish is also amazing, but the entire time you are thinking to yourself, "I wanted the creme brulee."
Blood of Empire was my third most anticipated book of 2019. Right behind ...more
But what truly makes this book, and really everything McClellan writes, is the pacing. I had a really hard time putting the book down between chapters and barreled through the ...more
There are 3 main POV. 1. Michel Bravis whose impressive skill did not impressed me much but his brilliant ideas and humility finally won me in this book. 2. Lady Vlora Flint she was at her lowest point in both health and psyche but her vulnerability made her grew stronger and coming out a different person from the one from the Power Mage series. 3. Ben Styke. Oh how I love him and his ...more
You can say a lot of things about Mr. McClellan, but the man sure knows how to finish a trilogy! No loose ends and leaves the reader with a sense of gratification. All the characters are interesting and well developed. There's some rewarding battle scenes in here,and some personal battles( physical and mental). What I found different was that this book had a lot more politicking than previous novels. Not that it was bad, it was essential to the plot, but unexpected. This is a must read ...more
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 ...more