If you are considering reading this book, most likely you have read the Warded Man and the Desert Spear and wondering if you should continue the series. There is an easy answer to that question, YES you should.
This book wasn't as good as The Warded Man, but that's a high bar. It was better than The Desert Spear and very readable. The story was pretty faced paced and it provides the reader with a different and sympathetic perspective on one of the most important characters.
The book slowed down for near the end, but it ended with a bang. I'm definitely looking forward to the fourth book.
Lastly, the narration was very good.
I wasn't a huge fan of The Crimson Campaign, but the Autumn Republic was a good conclusion to the series.
There are a lot of fantasy series these days that start off as trilogies, but then spin out of control as POVs increase and the author loses control of the overall story. Brian McClellan did not let that happen here. This was planned as a trilogy and it ended as a trilogy. This is not because McClellan doesn't have other stories to tell in this same world, but he told those story in ancillary novellas. His discretion with the story should be praised. There is no need for ever-increasing POVs, especially because it almost always comes at the expense of the overall story.
The Autumn Republic wrapped up the important story lines in a satisfying conclusion. This is a solid series and I look forward to reading whatever McClellan releases next.
Bottom Line: if you liked Robert Jordan’s meanderings, you will love this book. I however, was not a fan because this book did not move the overall story along. If some of the stories from this book were standalone novellas, they would be great. As a part of an overall series, however, there is little here of value.
I really liked the Warded Man. It was a great book. It was fast-paced and told an interesting story in an interesting setting. But the book created some false promises for the series—that the series would be fast-paced and focused on the survival of the human race. But instead of focusing on fulfilling the implicit promises of the Warded Man, we have a book focused on ancillary characters. As a result, there is little momentum and drive and little suspense. When it became clear that the main storyline wasn’t going anywhere, I ceased to care about the rest of the book because that part of the story didn't matter that much. Who cares if characters lived or died they will not have an impact on the larger story—the story I was invested in since the Warded Man?
This book didn’t need to exist as a standalone novel. Even though it is 700 pages long, very little happens in the overall story. It would have been much better as a couple ancillary novellas.
The narration of the story was quite good. I really like Pete Bradbury's work here.
Rob Inglis' narration of the Hobbit sets the standard. It is perfect in every way, from the different voices he used, to his pacing, and intonation. The book is a fun book, but Inglis might actually make it better. It is throughly enjoyable.
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