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 which 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.
For more from Brian McClellan, check out:
The Powder Mage Trilogy
Promise of Blood
The Crimson Campaign
The Autumn Republic
McClellan (The Autumn Republic) begins his Gods of Blood and Powder series with this tale set in Landfall, a city where mercenary troops and secret police may not be enough to prevent revolution. Michel Bravis is an operative in Landfall's secret police who has been assigned to find who is behind the seditious pamphlet titled Sins of Empire. Gen. Vlora Flint is a powder mage and the commander of the Riflejacks, a mercenary army summoned to Landfall to find Mama Palo, leader of the disaffected Palo minority. Benjamin Styke is the former colonel of the Mad Lancers and still a formidable killer; he's just been released from a work camp and is newly arrived in the city. Each of them runs up against the mysterious figure of Gregious Tampo, an individual who's both dapper and deadly. They must all brave the Palo stronghold of Greenfire Depths, where street thugs are common and legendary Dynize dragonmen lurk. Several characters first appeared in McClellan's Powder Mage trilogy but this work stands well on its own. The combination of fantasy and firearms compares favorably with Brandon Sanderson's work and the milieu recalls Thieves' World. This is a great start to what promises to be a terrific series.
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This is a fantastic read!
DNF. Don’t want to finish.
Follows the annoying stereotypes of fantasy books being too long for no reason. You could argue that it’s world building or character development, but there are are many other ways to do these without dedicating entire chapters to pointless dialogue that doesn’t lead to anything or forward the story.
This is a big problem with any lengthy epic fantasy novel. And this is no different.
For crying out loud, must EVERYTHING be politicized these days — even escapist fantasy?
I much enjoyed McClellan’s “Promise of Blood” series and looked forward to reading “Sins of Empire” — but after reading through pages 63 and 64 I now wish I had not paid for the book.
By that point in the story it is clear that the “leftists” are the good people, and the government (by default the right) are the bad folks. I stopped reading after the fantasy became an all too obvious piece of political propaganda.
If you enjoy your escapist fiction drenched in present day political allegory then by all means have at it. Myself, I prefer to have my escapist fiction do just that — help me escape from the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” for a spell.