Sins of Empire

Sins of EmpireSins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #1) by Brian McClellan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brian McClellan has done it again. This story just pulls you in to never let you go. That’s the reason I flew through it in just a few days.

We’re back in the familiar world from The Powder Mage Trilogy, but in a different part – Fatrasta. It is a turbulent country, their war for independence was what made Taniel Two-Shot legendary, and there are deep frictions between the different people. And who is thrown into this? Vlora, previously engaged to Taniel and hero of Adro. Having lived as a mercenary for quite a few years since the happenings in The Autumn Republic, she is now thrown back into a world of politics and fighting. A world she’d rather left untouched.

He thought of sorcery like he did politics. He knew it existed and that it affected his life in deep intrinsic ways, but he tried his best not to get any on him.

I have to say that the plot of Sins of Empire is very similar to Promise of Blood. Not as bloody beginning as Promise of Blood, but the overall plot follows the same structure. There is even a new “investigator”! Instead of Adamat we are now introduced to Michel Bravis, spy.

Despite that, this book got me hooked. McClellan really knows how to write action and you are never left bored. Since I enjoyed this as an audiobook I have to comment on Christian Rodska, who does an incredible job reading these books. His style is perfect for the world McClellan has created.


“An epic new fantasy series from Brian McClellan, set in the same world as his wildly popular Powder Mage trilogy.

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 a suppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

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

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.”

– Goodreads

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2 New “Harry Potter” Books

I just have to ask, what are your thoughts on these two new “Harry Potter” books – Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic – that are set to be released in October?

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My first reaction was complete fangirling with everything that includes. Then I went to sleep and now I checked them out on the British Library Shop, and when reading the descriptions I am not as sure anymore. Are they just some sort of companions to an exhibition or will there be actual new facts from J.K. Rowling’ Wizarding World? I don’t want a book that is the overall history of magic, I want the Harry Potter history of magic.

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After having read the descriptions I don’t feel at all as strongly about these two books. It feels like something not relevant to the world of Harry Potter. So what are your thoughts on them? Are they anything you’d like to get your hands on?

The books at the British Library Shop:

The Powder Mages Saga Continues!

Remember the trilogy I fell head over heels for back in the beginning of 2017? The trilogy that really got me into audiobooks? Well, there is a new book out set in the same world! The story of powder mages continues in a new trilogy and I had NO IDEA!

Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan
March 7th 2017

Sins of Empire

Sadly the cover doesn’t have as much of an impact as the covers in the Powder Mages Trilogy, but that won’t stop me from diving straight back into this world.

 

What Brian McClellan Managed to do with his first trilogy can only be better, and with a rating of 4.51 (as of 18.7.2017) for Sins of Empire I can barely contain myself. I have only one thing to say, if you haven’t read anything of his, it is time you do so. He’s definitely one of my new favourites. And if I still haven’t convinced you to pick them up (through my crazy ranting), maybe one of my reviews will:

Promise of Blood | The Crimson Campaign | The Autumn Republic

“An epic new fantasy series from Brian McClellan, set in the same world as his wildly popular Powder Mage trilogy.

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 a suppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

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

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.”

Goodreads

Book Recommendation – Water

It has been way too long since I did a themed recommendations post, the last one about dragons was back in August (almost a year ago!). This time around I chose water as the theme, and I hope you’ll enjoy these five books I’ve picked out.


Narnia - Voyage of the Dawn TreaderVoyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia chronological order #5) by C.S. Lewis

This is a classic. I do hope all of you at least have read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, if not the whole series. If not, you know what your next book will be 😉

Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the third return to the land of Narnia for the Pevensie children. This time with some new tag-alongs. They meet some old friends and make some new ones on an adventure far away from safe land. Together with the reader they will see a part of Narnia never seen before, and they will reach places you couldn’t even dream about. The ocean is wast, and The Dawn Treader will take them across it.

A Wizard of EarthseaA Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle #1) by Ursula K. Le Guin

This I got recommended to me so many times before I picked it up. It is one of the classics when it comes to fantasy. I gave it 3 stars.

Ursula K. Le Guin is a master at telling a full story with very few words. Even though this the only book I’ve read of hers, I can say that much. In only 200 pages she creates a world and fills it with characters and story. Sadly it didn’t grip me as much as I would have liked, but never the less, I am glad I read it and hope a lot more people will too.

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Mid-Year Freak Out 2017

I did this last year and it feels like I should do it again, make it an annual thing 🙂 So let’s take a look at what I’ve read this far this year. It feels good, my Goodreads goal is 40 books and I’ve gone through 23 already. So no stress on that point.

If you’re interested in last year’s post, CLICK HERE.


Best book I’ve read so far in 2017

words of radiance

Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson. This book blew my mind and I’m desperate for the third book! Sadly it hasn’t come out yet. What Sanderson has done with this book and this world is beyond anything I’ve previously read. This series will be a masterpiece that deserves to stand beside Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. If you’re not intimidated by big books and big stories, pick this up as soon as possible. If you are intimidated, give it a try anyway, you won’t regret it.

Read my review here.

 

Best sequel I’ve read so far in 2017

The Crimson Campaign

The Crimson Campaign (The Powder Mage Trilogy #2) by Brian McClellan. I went into this series not knowing what to expect, and I had my mind blown. When I got to the second book I couldn’t help but feel amazed, a second book that was even better than the first one? That shouldn’t happen, it’s against the natural law (in most cases is seems like that anyway).

The setting and the characters in this trilogy are well written and the story drags you in and won’t leave you alone. Didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. The audiobook narration is great so that is definitely an option if you don’t have the time to sit down and read.

Read my review here.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

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