Wrath of Empire Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 are working against him. With enemies on all sides, Michel may be forced to find help with the very occupiers he's trying to undermine.
Meanwhile, Ben Styke is building his own army. He and his mad lancers are gathering every able body they can find and searching for an ancient artifact that may have the power to turn the tides of war in their favor. But what they find may not be what they're looking for.
Continue the pistol-packing fantasy series by the author whose debut novel Brandon Sanderson called "just plain awesome!"
Gods of Blood and Powder
Sins of Empire
Wrath of Empire
For more from Brian McClellan, check out:
Promise of Blood
The Crimson Campaign
The Autumn Republic
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|Audible.com Release Date||May 15, 2018|
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I still crave more of what Taniel will become, but at least we learned more about Ka-poel. Vlora satisfies the powder mage tie in nicely and Brian has done a good job of managing the complex relationship that is Taniel/Vlora.
The Dynize definitely have two sides to their culture and you get sucked in to Michel’s character enough that when some of their atrocities are revealed, you respond like he does with horror for finding that you were coming to sort of root for them.
And how can you not like Ben Styke and what he is becoming.
Basically a darn good book, that makes me regret I read it so fast. As now I get to wait for another year to get my next fix.
Our story picks up three weeks after the events of Sins of Empire. All our characters are trying to figure out what to do next while also recover from the events of book one. I am really enjoying Mad Ben Styke's story in this series so far because I have known him as a man who wants nothing more to feel the thrill of battle. However as of this series he is starting to mature and realize that he wants more out of life but not sure quite how to attain such a feat. Michel Bravis is quite interesting to read about as well because he is kind of stuck between so many loyalties, that he loses his sense of self in the process. It has been a real treat seeing him come to terms with what is important in this overall conflict. Now Vlora, who I loved in book one took a step down in book two. That is mainly because her character sub plot wasn't all that compelling to me. Truly, I didn't think it added much to the story. So that is where I am docking half a star.
It was also really great to learn so much more about the Dynize people and their culture. We also learned a little bit more about these mysterious Godstones. Also, we got to peel some of the layers back on beloved character Ka-poel and learn quite a bit about her as well. What I am trying to say here is that Wrath of Empire delivered on wealth of new information while still leaving you in the dark about some. I mean we have one more book left in the trilogy, he can't let all the cats out of the bag.
This series has been so much much so far and I am truly happy that I finally picked it up. Now it is time to see how all this will unravel in Blood of Empire!
The magic system that underlies the world continues to be a great boon, allowing for everything from eerie, bizarre scenes and kick-ass action that would make Michael Bay blush. The world building that is woven into the sequel further expanded an already wonderfully detailed and interesting setting. And to bring it all home, the ending of every single POV was AMAZING. The plot was moved forward or twisted in a shape you wouldn't necessarily expect and the badassery knew absolutely no bounds.
As a note, if you haven't read the previous books in the series ('Promise of Blood', 'The Crimson Campaign', 'The Autumn Republic'. and 'Sins of Empire') you should probably read those before you get into this one, especially as more characters from the original Powder Mage trilogy start to make their way into the new one. You also might want to pick up the short story 'The Girl of Hrusch Avenue' since it shines some light on some stuff talked about in this book.
Really you should read them anyways because they are very good, but now I'm just sounding like a shill at this point.
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McLellan is the sort of author who sometimes really does kill major characters - like David Eddings he even kills Gods - but he also sometimes makes you think characters are dead and then reveals later that they escaped after all. Reading later books in the series first is often a SERIOUS spoiler for the earlier ones.
The best order to maximise your enjoyment of this series is to begin with the novels of the original Powder Mage trilogy which are
1) " Promise of Blood: Book 1 in the Powder Mage trilogy "
2) " The Crimson Campaign: Book 2 in The Powder Mage Trilogy "
3) " The Autumn Republic (Powder Mage trilogy) "
If you are also keen to read some of the backstory of one of the major characters during a revolution on an island called Fatrasta which is where "Sins of Empire" takes place and and also gives you some important background to the events of this book, you may then wish to read
4) " Ghosts of the Tristan Basin: A Powder Mage Novella "
Then you should move on to the Gods of Blood and Powder series which consists of
5) "Sins of Empire"
6) This book, "Wrath of Empire"
7) "Blood of Empire."
McLellan has also written a number of other short stories set in this universe besides "Ghosts of the Tristan Basin" and of these I can particularly recommend " In the Field Marshal's Shadow: Stories from the Powder Mage Universe " which fills in a lot of gaps. " Return to Honour " which is about one of the main characters of Sins of Empire, and " Forsworn: A Powder Mage Novella (Powder Mage series) " which is about Erika, the wife of Field Marshall Tamas and mother of Taniel Two-Shot, whose murder by the Kez regime before the first novel in the series is a major part of the motivation of those two characters.
I have seen the original trilogy of this series described as "The French Revolution with Wizards." The author himself said that he was interested to explore what would happen if an industrial revolution and the associated political and social reform took place in a world where magic and wizards also existed.
These books are set in a fantasy world, where non-magical technology and social evolution are similar to those in Europe in the late 18th century, but some people have several very different types of magic powers.
The most common and least powerful type of magical talent is called a "knack" and people with such talents are a bit like those with a "Grace" in Kristin Cashore's Graceling: 1 Realm Trilogy, having one specific power. Sometimes this is the ability to do some normal function incredibly well: for example one of the characters in the series is a police inspector with a perfect memory. Sometimes it is a very specific magic talent such as the ability to tell when someone is lying.
A rarer and more powerful type of magician in this world are the "Privileged" who have the ability to manipulate energy from a magical dimension: they can do things which range from healing wounds to acting as human bulldozers or flamethrowers. There is a very rare class of super-privileged who are almost demigods.
The third and type of magicians are the "Powder Mages" who have a magical ability to sense, detonate, and control the energy from gunpowder and gain superhuman strength from that energy, including the ability to adjust the trajectory of a bullet in flight to make sure it hits or misses.
The Dynize invaders have two more types of people with special powers - the "Dragonmen" (the term is not gender specific, a woman can be a Dragonman and some are) who are incredibly tough and almost indestructible warriors. They are not themselves magicians, their recuperative powers and strength have been given to them by the fourth class of magician, the "Bone Eyes" whose power is linked to blood. Like the privileged, the bone-eyes have healing powers; they also have the ability to take over other human beings. The most powerful bone-eyes like Ka-Sedial, leader of the Dynize invasion forces in Fatrasta can even sometimes control people from a long distance away.
Field Marshal Tamas, an anti-hero who represents a mix of Robespierre and Napoleon, organised a coup against the monarchy of a country called Adro just before the start of the first book and was the main character of the first series, was a powder mage: so was his son Taniel, (nicknamed Two-Shot). Taniel was a hero (as described in the events of "Ghosts of the Tristan Basin") in helping the island of Fatrasta gain independence from the same reactionary monarchies who the heroes of the original Powder Mage trilogy were fighting against. At the start of "Sins of Empire" both Tamas and Taniel were believed to have been killed while subduing a rogue God at the end of the revolutionary war.
#34;Sins of Empire" and this book "Wrath of Empire" are mostly set on the island of Fatrasta some years later. Tamas's protege Vlora, also a powder mage, who is now usually known as Lady Flint, is in command of a regiment of Tamas's former crack troops who turned mercenary at the end of the war and have been hired by the Lady Protector of the Fatrastan republic. The government of Fatrasta is dominated by colonists from the nine Kingdoms, and neither Flint not her troops are delighted to discover that because there does not appear at first to be much threat from the island's former Kez oppressors or any other outside invaders, they were at first required to spend most of their time cracking down on the Palo or native Fatrastans.
This changes - big time - when Fatrasta is invaded by a huge army and fleet of a people called the Dynise from a neighbouring continent. At the end of "Sins of Empire" Lady Vlora Flint fought a huge battle in defence of the Fatrastan capital against the invaders - in which she didn't manage to stop them but did extract such a price from the Dynize that their leader is out for her blood.
Indeed the leaders of both sides of the war are out for Lady Flint's blood because, having paid an enormous price to stop one mad God from wrecking Adro, she's determined to stop anyone from using any of the three strange artifacts called "Godstones" to create new Gods. This appears to be precisely what the Dynize are up to: Flint attempted to arrest the Lady Protector of Fatrasta, Lindet because she suspected Lindet of trying to do exactly the same thing.
The second main character in the story is Michel Bravis, a spy who was previously a member of the "Blackhats", the secret police of the Fatrastan government, but whose real loyalties are to the Palo people, the native Fatrastans who are second-class citizens in their own country. He is working in the occupied capital - and may have to come to some accommodation with the invaders, some of whom seem to want to treat his people a bit better - and some of whom certainly do not.
The third main character is Major "Mad Ben" Stykes, a former hero of the war of Fatrastan independence. Some of his backstory is given in the short story "The Mad Lancers" which is set twelve years before "Sins of Empire." Ben Styke was accused of war crimes and supposedly executed as soon as the war was over and his abilities were no longer needed. (Actually he has spent the last decade rotting in prison.)
At the start of "Sins of Empire" he was released from prison, given a secret assignment to protect Lady Flint. Vlora has put him back in command of what is left of his old unit, the Mad Lancers. Like Lady Flint he has a mission to stop anyone using the "Godstones" - but he keeps have a talent for attempting the impossible positions.
A very highly entertaining and exciting book and a fitting continuation of the storyline. I enjoyed reading this and all the books in the trilogy, which finishes with "Blood of Empire."
There’s also the healing Privileged which means that, no matter how bad a hero’s injuries are, they’re not dead until they’re pronounced dead.
Still remains a well-written, fast-paced piece of work and there’s a nice little Western segment to freshen things up.
Good to see the odd character from the first season showing up, like the explosives expertthat was friends with the Inspector and Sousmith.
Still vastly enjoyable.