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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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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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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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  • Gareth
  • 10-12-18

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
  • 09-14-18

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
  • 09-03-18

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
  • 07-09-18

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.

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  • Nina
  • 06-28-18

Mr McClellan ‘STYKEs’ again. Brilliant!

Brian McClellan has set a bar so high with his previous novels, that I was a touch nervous whether this next book in the sequel will keep me interested. One more time he showed that the long wait for this second book in the series was worth it. You do need to read previous book to make the sense out of the events.

The author takes us back to the Powder Mage world, which is both explosive and fantastic. He further develops layers of complex political intrigue indespersed with events full of action and leaves you flipping the pages with glee abandon.

Yet again, the characters are well-developed and he slowly reveals more details about their personalities, past and motives. Ben Stykes, Vlora Flint and Michel Brevis will keep you entertained and their story arcs won’t disappoint.

All of this is set on the military field making you think that it’s just a ‘big dance of gunpowder’ until the big finale and the magic arrives...
If you’re into well built fantasy worlds and enjoy loosing yourself in the story, then this sequel is for you.

Christian Rodska has grown on me as a narrator. His rough voice wonderfully describes the fast paced events and his ability to give characters their own voices keeps things more interesting.

I very much look forward to the next book in the series and have a feeling it will be worth it...

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  • Mr. Mark Lewis
  • 06-05-18

Fantastic Another Class Read Next Please

The powder mage book are fast becoming my top fantasy books Bravo Sir. Pray continue

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  • Euan
  • 05-22-18

Brilliant book

An excellent read - superb story and full of action and intrigue!! Great series of books