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Publisher's Summary

A new epic fantasy series from highly acclaimed fantasy author Brian McClellan, set in the same world as the Powder Mage trilogy.

A world on the cusp of a new age...

The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place - a frontier destination for criminals, fortune hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of an oppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

Sedition is a dangerous word....

The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with guile and force, a task that falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Mad Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall's present.

The past haunts us all....

As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries.

©2017 Brian McClellan (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Furious, visceral, and relentlessly thrilling action." (Kirkus)
"Fans of McClellan's Powder Mage trilogy will be happy to return to this fascinating fantasy world, where magic and technology come together in the midst of complicated relationships and unsure alliances.... [A] compelling read." (RT Book Reviews)

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Making a great book: Mystery, magic, and mayhem

In short, this is a well-written book that is worth your time and money.

The good: The narrative is great, certainly a lot better than I was expecting. There is a fair amount of mystery about what the real motivation is for everybody. About every quarter of the book you learn something important to change how you view the world. Going into the book, I was cynical about the character tropes based on the publisher summary; however, I found every character reasonable and believable (even the antagonists). Each character has their own motivation and didn't seem to do things just so the author can move the plot along. The magic system is interesting, but is not fleshed out too much. The narrator does a good job keeping tone and rate of speaking consistent with the tone of the book. When the action is getting fast and furious you can really feel the tension.

The bad: the narrator does a bad job with female voices. Men voicing for women are not usually very good, but this was particularly bad. I think if the 'Lady' in Lady Vlora Flint was removed I would never have known her gender based off the narrator's voice. It also took me about an hour to warm up to the narrator's voice in general, but I found it enjoyable (eventually). It could have been like one of those "the beatings will continue until the morale improves" situations.

There are several references to the past of some characters that would probably be appreciated if prior novels were read (this is the first book I've read from this author).

Normally I find more than a few things to gripe about in a book, but for this I only found the narrator irritating sometimes. This book was a great experience and I can't believe I found it from a random pick.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A great start to McClellan's next series

Having greatly enjoyed the Powdermage Trilogy and McClellan's novellas, I was very excited to see Sins Of Empire become available. Once again, the author has delivered an engaging novel that draws you into his world and his characters. The reader does a fantastic job and brings back the same "voices" for the familiar characters while wrapping you into the highs and lows like a bard of old. I'd highly recommend Sins of Empire to any McClellan fan, and any fan of darker epic fantasy.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I thought the last book was the peak. I was wrong

Narrator has just the perfect gravelly, gritty tone that game sets the entire series.

The book is set after The Autumn Republic and brings back several favorite characters from the short stories and is simply glorious.

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Write More!!!!

Excellent plot and character development! This story continues to build into a wonderfully epic crescendo by the end. Very artfully written and planned.

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Read the book, not the review

Read, listen... Whatever. It was great. everything McCellan has written within this arc has been amazing. If you've heard his other work, I have no idea why you would read reviews and not buy the book. If you haven't, then start with the original series. I'm not going to get into some overly exhaustive review of the plot or narration. Why? because it's good, it's all really, really good.

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Best McClellan book yet

New characters new intrigue,and plenty of action. This is by far my favorite of all the powder mage universe.

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Happy to be back in this world

I love the world this book puts you in.

Not just your run of the mill tale but also fun

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A Great Start to a New Series

This is an excellent start to a new series in the world of Powder Mages. It has call backs to characters from the previous series without requiring you to have read that series and tons of new characters and story to keep you riveted to your seat. Buy this one. You won't regret it.

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Loved it

Great story if you like the genre and the performance is fantastic. I want to listen to the next one now.

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Fun new story, 10 years after original trilogy

If you could sum up Sins of Empire in three words, what would they be?

Gritty, fast-paced, flintlock fantasy

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mad Ben Styke is a great new character to the series. He's a tough, brutal man who wants to protect his friends and countrymen. Be sure to read the original trilogy and Ghosts of the Tristain Basin before you read this book.

Which character – as performed by Christian Rodska – was your favorite?

Christian Rodska is perfect for this series. He has a dark, grisly voice that is completely appropriate for Ben.

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