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Publisher's Summary

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:
Powder Mage
Promise of Blood
The Crimson Campaign
The Autumn Republic

©2018 Brian McClellan (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Can't wait for the third book.

Loved it. My only niggle would be Christian Rodska's voice for Beau makes a 30ish man sound like Winston Churchill!

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Loved it

This series keeps on giving. The story is unfolding well, the characters are developing as distinct individuals, and I am always looking forward to what happens next. Sometimes middle books in a trilogy can feel a bit slow and unfulfilling but I found it flowed well with the story and I can't wait to dive into the final book.
Narration is too level, Rodska continues to deliver as he has previously and it is much appreciated!

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To re-quote Sanderson "Just plain Awesome"

Another amazing addition to the series, quickly becoming one of my favorites.
For those looking for the darker side of Fantasy, this book has it all. War torn land, non stop battles, quick paced plot and interesting magic.
Narration is also very well done.

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One of the best for action and story!

This and the previous book kept me on the edge of my seat. It’s for anyone that’s looking for a great story that doesn’t mind a bit of violence. I have hundreds of audible books in my library and this is one of the better series.

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Great series!!

It is a great series with a rich story line. interesting characters and great adventure and action. Absolutely worth a read!!

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great story, riveting

I found some of the voices of the narration a bit over the top. Sometimes the accents were barely understandable.

The story was great though, better than the 1st book.

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  • Aleksandra Janik
  • 2018-06-04

middle book in a trilogy

McClellan's writing keeps getting better but this book was predictable and mostly filler. the last 20% was great

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  • Sherry
  • 2019-04-08

Fantastic!

Book 1 in this series had a really slow start. Took me 7 hours or so to get to an interesting part in the book. Once the first novel got interesting, the awesome writing and plot that was felt from the Powder Mage Trilogy came through. Parts of this book surpass the previous trilogy.

Epic is all I can say. There are few series that I'll re-read. This is definitely one. Falls in the category of Kigkiller and Stormlight Archive for me.

Purely excellent!

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  • KAG
  • 2019-02-23

2nd Book better than 1st one as the story grows

I like the series so far,the first book dragged on for quite a while but eventually the story starts rolling.I liked the plot twists. This not a great series but a very well done good series.I have been burning through them. Listening during my commutes and lunchtimes.

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  • Nathan Jones
  • 2018-05-29

Can't get enough

I haven't had a series hold my attention like this since Sandersons stormlight series. I can't wait for the next book. Christian Rodska has the perfect gritty voice for these books. Everybody has a very unique voice, but they sound exactly how I would picture people that would be around smoke and gunpowder all the time. The story is absolutely fascinating. There's so much depth and layers to everyone and everything that is happening. There's almost never a dull moment, even for the characters that have menial tasks to accomplish. Next book please!

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  • RobT
  • 2018-05-29

Another Amazing Book

I am happy I stumbled across Brian McCallum. these books have turned out to be amazing across-the-board. I enjoy the unique style and flavor of the magic system. I enjoy the style of the setting, the idea of the world that's growing around it and I really enjoy the characters especially Ben in particular.

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  • Rachel
  • 2019-08-12

A great time but more questions

More charges, more detonations, more scheming, more politics, and more character development. We get great character moments from the entire cast, their pasts are referenced the present is examined, and the future plotted. This does what a sequel should, and I thoroughly enjoyed it except for ONE thing.

More on that later, part of what keeps me coming back is Rodska. His delivery of the brutal, the pain of a character, and the moments of vulnerability are all fantastic.

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

We still know absolutely PIT ALL about blood magic. Well let me clarify we know some of the things it CAN do, but we don't know HOW! And if the author wasn't so damn good at keeping me hooked with the conflicts, relationships, and twists that the cast goes through, I would have abandoned the series. Blood Magic or Blood Sorcery permeates the risks, consequences, and abilities of characters and plot, but we still don't know the details. It is damn frustrating to have it be so commonplace but so damn elusive as well. The Mad Lancers are going to Dynize in the next book. I swear by Krezemir's dead body that if we don't get a microscope view of Blood Sorcery I'll delete them from my shelf. Or at the very least be sorely tempted to do so.

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  • Leslie
  • 2019-08-09

Much better then the last

I really like the powered mage series, but the first book sins of empire I think had a rough go. It had a lot to set up and a spy story to tell that made it tough to keep straight at times.

I’m glad I grabbed this book, I think it found it’s legs and got moving in the direction it wanted. Looking forward to book three.

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  • G. M.
  • 2018-05-16

Engageing

I cannot describe this second book in this series. Captivating , spellbinding action, unbelievable adventure and all tied together in a thrilling story of a marvelous world of unusual magic with the talent of Brian McClellan and Christian Rodska. I was drown into this series completely. I can not recommend this enough as I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying and being amazed.

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  • Bleeding and pleased!
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Amazin

This is the fourth time I've listened thought the entire series. Still remains my favorite book I've ever listened to or read. HIGHLY recommend. The narrator Christian Rodska is one of my all time favorite audiobook narrators as well and does a flawless job of giving life to characters both male and female, large and small. Buy this series and buy this book.

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  • Beau c Truex
  • 2022-05-14

very enjoyable

this has been one of the more enjoyable books in this series and is well worth a listen.