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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, the final novel in the Gods of Blood and Powder series. 

©2019 Brian McClellan (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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good, but a few misses

#1 shame they changed narrators for the last book.
#2 I found vlora became petulant and childish at times which for the worlds best general didn't sit right
#3 the last section of the book ran out of legs and punch.. overall still enjoyed series very much,

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Disappointing

I loved all the other books in both series with Christian Rodska narrating - just really disappointed that they changed the narrator for the final book. Made it unlistenable for me and I didn’t even get half way- going to buy the kindle version and read it to see how it ends.

I’m sure this narrator would be fine if he did a whole series - but the change just took me completely out of the story - all the characters are completely different - how does Styke now have some stuck up nobleman voice??? It’s like this narrator didn’t even listen to the Rodska versions - if you’re going to change narrator at least they should listen to the previous and try to stay in the same realm for the characters.

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Great book, poor narration.

Great story displaying the brilliance of McCellan. It is however let down by the narrator who does not meet the high standard Christian Rodska set, often not catching the essence of the characters. This book needs his touch to be a brilliant audio book.

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The new narrator isn't as good as the first one imo, but he's still good

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A brilliant finish to the series

I've loved this series, and I hope that Brian learns to write faster. Pity about the need for a new narrator, but he did well.

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Excellent Series

Addictive, beautiful and satisfying. Brian McClellan is a truly excellent writer and the perfect example of a student outperforming the teacher (Brian was a student of Brandon Sanderson).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-2020

Satisfying ending of a fantastic trilogy

John Telfer did do justice as a Christian Rodska replacement. Few chapters and I already forgotten that there was a narrator change.

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  • Martin
  • 01-06-2020

Great ending!!

Loves the entire trilogy! And great choice of narrator! Please make another trilogy about the powder mages

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  • Lloyd
  • 01-06-2020

disappointing change of narrator

love the series and Brian McKellen in general but such a shame to change the narrator on the last book of a series. Nothing wrong with the new guy just different voices to the characters I've invested in. Ben Styke particularly distressing.

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  • Richard Stringer
  • 04-01-2021

didn't like the new narrator

the change of narrator completely ruined this for me. the guy is fine but all the character voices are no more

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-2021

love the story, definitely recommend!

Great, engaging story, slightly annoying that the last book has a different voice actor. he's not bad by any means, I just got so used to the other one!

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  • Luke W.
  • 31-05-2020

Great replacement narrator

A great end to the series and a brilliant effort by the narrator John telfer in matching his predecessor who was too unwell to read this book. You can tell a lot of effort went into matching how each character sounds and it really helped make a satisfying listen. Well done to all involved.

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  • Poppey
  • 26-03-2020

A Lot of Blood!

Vlora Flint's has lost her powers and is now powder blind after the battle of Crease, where she was badly wounded. She is now headed to Landfall with a new army from Adro. Her sole mission, to destroy the godstone, the "Adran way". However, with the disappearance of Olem she is feeling broken and she may, finally, be learning from her mistakes.

Styke takes a group of his Lancers to Dynize, along with Ka-Poel and Celine. However, his fleet was scattered in a storm and he has had to land on a beach some 100 miles away from the landing point. He and his Lancers face a long and dangerous trek across Dynize in the hope of meeting up with them, but the journey will not go well.

Michel and Ichtracia return to Landfall, where all roads seem to lead.

I loved this trilogy and am sorry it has ended, but it ended well. My favourite character was Amrec, the horse and the head of the house that Michel worked in (Didn't know spelling of man's name). As an aside, I think a list of characters ought to be listed when you have a series of books, such as this, to make it easier for people to review.

As an aside, the change of narrator was noticeable and I send my good wishes to the original narrator, Christian Rodska for a continuing recovery.

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  • Torgrim
  • 26-08-2020

This title trashed the trilogy.

Firstly: They swapped out the narrator. Could be many reasons, but sad to have the last book in a trilogy by another one after having 5 books of the same.

I loved the first trilogy and the first two books of this one wasn't as good, but not bad. This last book has been utterly boring and nothing really happens and at the end everyone lives happily ever after and none of the bad traits of any of the characters stop them from becoming wholesome happy people at the end as though by a wave of a wand. This can't be the same author. I'm not touching anything from him again after having all the hours of the last trilogy wasted.

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  • MR P D BICKERDYKE
  • 06-08-2020

Amazing end to the series

I was worried at first that the change of author would spoil this after the incredible narration of the other books but actually this turned out to be unfounded. The narration was great and I felt like this was an amazing end to the series. I couldnt stop listening.

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  • Marc E.
  • 19-05-2020

Excellent

Really enjoyed this series and the preceding trilogy. I would highly recommend this to fans of epic fantasy novels

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  • SEAN C.
  • 25-04-2020

Satisfying conclusions

Really enjoyed the trilogy , very binge-able content for this current lockdown tedium. Christian rodska is an excellent narrator and adds a flare to the all the characters which really finishes and perfects the experience for me. Definitely recommended.

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  • Rachel
  • 19-04-2020

Blood and thunder

What an enjoyable trilogy. The magic is low key and doesn't give the heroes an unbeatable advantage, the characters are three dimensional and likable, the story is great. And I love the Mad Lancers. All in all a very pleasurable listen, and John Telfer did a great job of taking over from Christian Rodska - they are both excellent narrators.

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