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Wrath of Empire

Narrated by: Christian Rodska
Series: Gods of Blood and Powder, Book 2
Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
5 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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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, Michael 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.

Magic and gunpowder collide in Wrath of Empire, the explosive second novel in the Gods of Blood and Powder series.

©2018 Brian McClellan (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

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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Wrath of Empire is awesome!

I officially love all of Brian McClellan's books! Wrath of Empire is another fantastic story rolling along at a cracking pace with twists and turns, reveals and old favorite characters. Keeps me entertained and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Love the narrator again and highly recommend!

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  • orhan capas
  • 18-05-2018

Awesomeness strikes at hearth

Yes it is as good as you expected. Great follow up for the first book. Narrator was especially good. Author clearly plotted whole series and continues the story without any distractions

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  • Atle
  • 26-12-2018

Still one of the best fantasy series out there!

The story continues relentlessly on its gory path. I long for more already. Magnificent storytelling.

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  • kåre waldemar
  • 15-08-2018

I love this author and this series!!

Brian McClellan has made an amazing world that I absolutely love. I find myself cheering for the characters especially Ben Fucking Styke and Michel Bravis, as Christian Rodska narrates. He does a fantastic job and I can't imagine anyone else doing it better. It's one of the best series I've read/listened, and I'm looking forward to the next book.

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  • Sarra
  • 19-07-2020

loving it

what can i say .
as in book 1 its as good ,if not better then the powder mage books.
book 3 here i come.

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  • Poppey
  • 26-01-2020

Privileged!

With Landfall now occupied; millions of refugees on the road; Lady Flint and Ben Styke on their own missions, the stage has now been set and the plotting and action comes fast and furiously.

I look forward to the last book.

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  • G
  • 12-09-2019

Awesome

Love these books lots of action laughter and tense moment can’t wait for the next one to be release to audible. Just gutted I don’t know when it will be released and gutted I have to wait. But if it anything like the other 2 books will be worth the wait. Well done on another awesome story Brian

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-2019

holy moly

i was a little concerned, heading in to book two tbh, but holy shit how he pulled it off !

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  • John. A. B. Berley
  • 04-04-2019

wrath of Empire very good. worthy of the cash to

it was an easy read great characters and story.
the voice acting was very good.

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  • David Stretch
  • 08-01-2019

Fabulous

I loved every minute. The narration is superb and really adds to the anyway excellent characters.

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  • Gareth
  • 12-10-2018

Excellent

Gripping, compelling and gritty storyytelling without the melodrama of say, Martin. Not as irony laden as Abercrombie's work but a brutal look at flawed personalities who play to their strengths. great magic system that is both purposely vague and yet refreshingly simple. Was engaged the whole way through and was surprised when the book ended.
the performance was memorable and felt earthy and yet somehow grand. All in all loved it.

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  • Robin300378
  • 14-09-2018

No middle book padding here

All the usual suspects. Political intrigue. Plenty of gore. Plenty of comedy. And Powder Mages....lots of them. What's not to like?

I love these books, Flint has been a good substitute for Tamas and any of these series are enriched when Taniel is involved.

A quick but satisfying 22 hour + of listening.

Christian Rodska is great at certain accents but I am not sure they always fit the character in my minds eye.

Looking forward to the next one

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  • El Illiterati
  • 03-09-2018

An improvement on Sins of Empire

I listened to this on Audiobook, to sustain me through numbing hours of marathon training. It says a lot when you want to run a couple of miles more to hear what happens next!

I enjoyed Sins of Empire a lot, but found it too derivative of the original trilogy to rate it more than four stars. My main bother being characters that seemed too direct a replacement of the first's protagonists. But I take it all back, as in Wrath, each (Michel Bravis in particular) follows their own, exciting path, with strong narrative and character development. Really tense and well written throughout and a strong evolution of the Godstone thread.

But... a few too many familiar faces and two of the three main stories ended too conveniently, one by Deus Ex Machina and the other by inverse Deus Ex Machina, if there is such a thing. Left me feeling slightly deflated by the Epilogue.

Promptly regaining half a star for the most exhilirating fight in any literature: Styke vs Door.

Performance by Christian Rodska was excellent. Well narrated, good voices and accents, that weren't too exaggerated. Very clearly read, which is great when running, as it's difficult to track back on anything missed.

Looking forward to the next!

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  • Erik Alm
  • 09-07-2018

Best so far

Once the gods are left behind, the story and characters take center stage and it's all for the better. I really liked the first book in this arc and this one is even better. If you have come this far in McClellans word just jump back in and enjoy. If you have not read him before its your choice to start at the beginning. That series is great, but uneven. Or start with the first book in this series. The author has evolved beyond focus on a few characters using their superpowers to a mix of independent storylines within the main one that interweave seamlessly. Its just great fun to follow.