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A War in Crimson Embers

The Crimson Empire, Book 3
Narrated by: Angèle Masters
Series: Crimson Empire, Book 3
Length: 25 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

General Ji-Hyeon has vanished into the legendary First Dark, leaving her lover Sullen alone to carry out the grim commands of a dead goddess. The barbarian Maroto is held captive by a demonic army hell-bent on the extermination of the Crimson Empire, and only his protégé Purna believes he can be saved.

Zosia must rally her comrades and old enemies one last time for what will prove the greatest battle of her many legends...if anyone lives to tell it.

Five heroes. No hope. A war against devils.

The Crimson Empire Trilogy:

A Crown for Cold Silver
A Blade of Black Steel
A War in Crimson Embers

By the same author, writing as Jesse Bullington:

The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart
The Enterprise of Death
The Folly of the World

©2017 Alex Marshall (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A rollicking, obscene, subversive, and zany epic fantasy ride." (B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog)

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The best Trilogy to date!

I feel like I've been on a good luck run with the fantasy books that I've read as of late, and this is by far no exception. This is hands down the best series that I have read to date. This series graduates from the usual blandness that a series can invoke to a full adult language, humor and human condition present in everyday life; which elevates it even further with a fantastical and beautiful world. I would equate these characters to be something like Game of Thrones characters; except even more well rounded, developed, mysterious and intriguing. At times you will love a character and feel that they are 100% right in their decisions and at other times you will be faced with the unknowing of hating them. The culmination of many different character views, plots, sexual orientations, and general outlook on life will have you laughing, crying, and even begging for more history into their previous and future lives. The joy, sorrow and hurt that I felt for these characters had me reading through the trilogy nonstop. Alex Marshall has created a masterpiece here and I hope that everyone can open their minds and experience these works in their full beauty.

Plus Angele Masters is by far the best narrator I've heard yet. Her ability to change her voice into a convincing male or female from a different part of the world is amazing. She whole heartedly had me hooked on each and every main character in this trilogy. And Angele was consistent throughout the entire trilogy. I definitely can't wait to hear more from Angele Masters.

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Great narration, good characters, mediocre craft

As the title says, the narrator is excellent, and some of the characters are phenomenal, turning tired tropes on their respective heads, and breathing life into an otherwise predictable world. That's the downfall though; the rest of the story, and the craft by which it is assembled, isn't poor--but it isn't that good either. Overall worth it for a fun time with a new take on some interesting characters.


(Minor Spoilers ahead)


You know what's not exciting or interesting? When characters do really dangerous stuff over and over and almost die, over and over...but then don't. Oh sure, some tertiary characters bite it, but how many times can you hear a character say something like: "And john knew he was dead, then, and it was a good/bad/silly way to go out", but then they miraculously survive before you want to pluck your eyes/ears out? Also, when someone has been stabbed/shot/broken, they don't get up, run across a battlefield and fight 40 more people while humming about how wonderful the song will be.

Marshall could have taken some GRRM lessons here, the thrill wears off after a few chapters. Then there's the pipe smoking, which was interesting at first but gets a little tired. And of course that everyone seems to be bisexual or bi-curious, which I guess is possible (and I might even prefer a world where its the norm) but seems somehow to make it harder to believe in some of the characters. Then again, maybe that's part of the world construction. All that said, I still think the book is worth it for the characters, some of whom are just so wonderful I'm still hanging out with them in my mind.

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Awesome b

One of the best fantasy novels I’ve listened to and I listen to A LOT!

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The Ending Nearly Ruins the Entire Trilogy.

The 3rd book kinda gets away from Marshall. Including the ending that leaves so many loose threads in one character's story one can only hope there is another book to clear it up.

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please PLEASE please give us more Alex Marshall

this pseudonym author is my new favorite. I love him as much as George rr and even more than Brandon Sanderson. This sh"*is so totally original you'll never experience anything like it ever again. try it, I promise you'll be enthralled.
'if you like the smoke, be the fire' - Alex Marshall

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A great ending to a richy dark but fun series!

Wonderfully narrated with plenty of larger than life.characters! Very fun banter and full of witty lines!

The unique setting of a demon encroached world, where the populace drown their sorrow by ingesting narcotics bugs was a hoot to be in too.

And although over for now, I do hope for more...

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Dark, compelling yet hilarious

I truly love this series. I think the irreverent humour is absolutely fantastic and the grim storyline is very well done. I hope he write more in this world.

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  • 09-10-18

simply fantastic end to a great story

A wonderful end to a great story. Thoroughly recommended, although it's book 3 so I hearing the others first!

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  • CeNedra Red
  • 12-27-17

Promise Unfulfilled

Books one and two in this series were laugh out loud fun to listen to. I had to rewind several times just to hear parts I missed, as I was laughing so much at the antics of some of the wonderful characters. Unfortunately in the third book, things went from bad to stupid. Angele Masters did a brilliant job of narrating this series, and in the first two books it was her delivery that made it such a joy to listen. But even the best narrator can't do much with poor material. A very disappointing end to what had promised to be a fantastic series