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Publisher's Summary

Enter a war-torn world where gunpowder and magic collide. The nation of Fatrasta is a haven for criminals, rebels, adventurers and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. As insurrection grows, only the iron will of the Lady Chancellor holds the capital city of Landfall together.

Yet an ancient power as old as time is rising, and the fate of this young nation now rests in the hands of a spy, a disgraced war hero and a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall's present. Sins of Empire is the bold new epic fantasy from Gemmell Award-winning author Brian McClellan. Look out for Wrath of Empire, book two in the Gods of Blood and Powder series, in May 2018.

©2017 Brian McClellan (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

Critic Reviews

"Gunpowder and magic. An explosive combination." (Peter Brett)
"Brings a welcome breath of gunpowder-tinged air to epic fantasy." (Anthony Ryan)
"Tense action, memorable characters, rising stakes...Brian McClellan is the real thing." (Brent Weeks)

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great new series

i loved the original trilogy and keen to see where this goes. I like the writers take on magic and it was an interesting bit of spy/detective stuff in this one

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Epic

An absolute gem of a book and really stands up to the series. Brilliant story with absolutely great narration, probably my favourite narrator so far

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Outstanding book!

I absolutely loved this book. Excellent world building with characters that rocked. I love the violence, gore and the battles, the action is tense and the pacing overall is fast and makes for great reading/listening.
Fanstastic to read about Vlora and Olem again and Mad Ben is cool.
One hell of an enjoyable book!

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Interesting Balance of Power between Mages

A little slow start, but was hard to put down after the first half. Reading performance was outstanding!!! lots of great voices
Overall good read.

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Loved it

Have to listen to the previous trilogy but this series is starting off even better than the last. The writing is brilliant and I throughly enjoy the way the narrator adds extra depth to the story. Do yourself a favour and have a listen.

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phenomenal author

Great start to another probably jaw dropping trilogy. I can't say I liked it as much as the first gunpowder mage trilogy book but I think it's fair to say I liked it nearly as much (I really really loved that trilogy), and that I have definitely already gotten the next of the series packed and loader to go.

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Characters performed perfectly

A terrific performance by the reader. He really brought the characters to life. My only regret is that it seems i have started on the second party of the story. The is a previous set of books that should be read first, but they are not essential to understanding or enjoying this book as the previous events are only referred to not part of the plot.

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  • kåre waldemar
  • 26-04-2017

absolutely fantastic

I just love this book series and its worl! I've recommended it to all my friends.

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  • Cassiopeia's Moon
  • 27-06-2019

Definitely delivered on my expectations

Brian McClellan delivered. This was everything I was expecting from him, after having finished the previous trilogy. And oh my, the narrator killed it!

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  • Abdul S.
  • 25-03-2019

do not listen on fast speed

I have to be honest. To me in the start, it was difficult to listen and enjoy the book. but once in gone through one fifth of the book and switch the listen speed to normal, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. it is fantastic book with lots of today's and turns.

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  • Leni
  • 14-08-2017

Promising, but falls a bit flat.

With no stakes or consequences, the interest pewters out.

Characters that start out with flaws never have their weaknesses matter in a meaningful manner and thus never evolve as people.

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The book repeatedly tells us that Styke is a has-been, a cripple that has to rely on dulling drugs just to walk straight. He himself laments his current state...

Only to constantly beat the odds in fights he has no 'right' to win. He's a hardass now more than ever.

Whenever there's an opportunity for strife or grief in the book, the obstacle is quickly overcome- or in the rare case something does go wrong, the ramifications are minor at best.

Vlora "Flint" acts on whims, has the emotional maturity of a teenager and lacks direction. She resembles a child throwing tantrums more than she does a General with a decade's experience of warfare. She is a vessel for the author to do illogical actions that serve to further the plot, mainly.

Loved the powdermage trilogy, but this isn't off to a good start.

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  • orhan capas
  • 24-03-2017

Better than powdermage

great plot. returning favorite characters with new ones all around. amazing piece of fantasy genre

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  • Nina
  • 27-03-2017

'Privileged' to read such a good book...

Finally a book from this author. I have been waiting for so long...

Brian McClellan shoots two bullets with his new novel and both reach their targets: a fantastically high standard of writing and thrilling fantasy story.

This book is not only an intelligent continuation for those who are familiar with 'The Powder Mage' trilogy, but does as well on its own, thanks to a well woven introduction to a beautifully crafted fantasy world where gunpowder and magic are intertwined.

In 'Sins of Empire' the author develops the story of some of the favourite characters from the previous books and introduces new, powerful and many layered individuals who become embroiled in this tale of intrigue, danger and loyalty.

Unlike many sequels to series set in the same world, this one does not disappoint and will command your attention till the very last pages, leaving you with a hunger for more. It is that good. It is fantasic!

The well developed Brian Sanderson-esque magic system, flows through the detailed world, weaving a complex tale full of intrigue reminiscent of Scott Lynch books, but with its own unique and sophisticated style.

Christian Rodska's narration is fair. He's rough voice fits well into dangerous events, however at times I would love to hear more enthusiasm and subtle variety.

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  • Krzysztof
  • 25-03-2017

Perfect.

Criminal plot with hint of black powder and magic. Excellent in every way from entire universe down to each and every one character of this book. Not only will you like the story, You will feel it! Immerse in it... and I'm not using this words lightly. To be honest I wouldn't change a thing! 20h passed like a blink of an eye. I have only one wish to the author ... More please! :)

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  • Robyn
  • 02-08-2017

Excellent

A welcome return to the world of the Powder Mage.

If you enjoyed Brian McClellan's earlier trilogy, then this is more of the same. Difficult to say too much without giving any spoilers. Some of the more minor characters from the previous books take the lead in this story, and Mad Ben Styke (of the Mad Lancers) is a good character. I did find myself wishing I'd re-listened to some of the earlier books as I couldn't remember the nuances of some of the characters.....(ie, couldn't remember how good or bad they perhaps were).

Narration is just as the first trilogy: Excellent.

Role on book 2 in the series! (I would suggest that if you've not listened to the Powder Mage trilogy, then that is the best place to start - some of this may not make sense otherwise)

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  • totaylor
  • 01-05-2017

just amazing

I can't wait for the next installment, I've always been a big fan of the powder mage trilogy and this setting seems like it's going to out scale the previous books. I was captured by the performance and I could really place myself in the characters environments. I also love that we get to revisit characters from the short stories, stike is definitely an all time favorite character period definitely would recommend

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  • Mike
  • 11-04-2017

What a great surprise.

Been a bit jaded with new fantasy novels recently, this book was a welcome surprise. Magic is mentioned but doesn't really play to big a part, characters were interesting and the story was fast paced. Really enjoyed the book, listened to it in a week which was good going.

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  • O
  • 09-04-2017

Explosive

Good story well narrated. New to the magic system in the book so a novel idea. Story was fast paced and main characters had good depth.

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  • Mr. W. Inskip
  • 29-07-2021

New story, same gritty style.

Great to see some of the old faces back with us in a new and exciting story.

Some new characters and development of some lesser players. The mad Lancers are back.

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  • Bluebell
  • 14-07-2020

hooked

what can i say,
as good if not better then the powder mage books.
i downloaded book 2 before i had even finished first one

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  • Andrew Barwick
  • 09-03-2020

Great characters and narration

Didn’t think I was going to like this at the start but gripped me from a little way in to the finish and the narration is excellent, really made the characters come to life. I only ever buy books now with a good rating from lots of people, hence this review

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  • Poppey
  • 26-01-2020

Just when you thought all was lost ...!

This is my first experience of Brian McClellan and I doubt it will be my last.

This first book in the trilogy takes place in the City of Landfall and is, primarily, about Mad Ben Styke, an ex Colonel in the Mad Lancers and hero of the Fatrasta war who has been buried in a work camp for a decade and the brutality he has had to endure at the hands of Lady Chancellor Lindet and her Enforcer Fidelis Jes. Then there is Vlora Flint, Commander of the Riflejacks who seems to be at odds with her situation and employers in Landfall. You also have Michel Bravis, investigator/spy, a Silver Rose of the Black Hat Secret Police who is not who he appears to be.

This book really has a diverse cast of characters and world-building is good. It is a good start to a trilogy and I will not hesitate to get the next two books.

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