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With no stakes or consequences, the interest pewters out.
Characters that start out with flaws never have their weaknesses matter in a meaningful manner and thus never evolve as people.
The book repeatedly tells us that Styke is a has-been, a cripple that has to rely on dulling drugs just to walk straight. He himself laments his current state...
Only to constantly beat the odds in fights he has no 'right' to win. He's a hardass now more than ever.
Whenever there's an opportunity for strife or grief in the book, the obstacle is quickly overcome- or in the rare case something does go wrong, the ramifications are minor at best.
Vlora "Flint" acts on whims, has the emotional maturity of a teenager and lacks direction. She resembles a child throwing tantrums more than she does a General with a decade's experience of warfare. She is a vessel for the author to do illogical actions that serve to further the plot, mainly.
Loved the powdermage trilogy, but this isn't off to a good start.
I just love this book series and its worl! I've recommended it to all my friends.
Finally a book from this author. I have been waiting for so long...
Brian McClellan shoots two bullets with his new novel and both reach their targets: a fantastically high standard of writing and thrilling fantasy story.
This book is not only an intelligent continuation for those who are familiar with 'The Powder Mage' trilogy, but does as well on its own, thanks to a well woven introduction to a beautifully crafted fantasy world where gunpowder and magic are intertwined.
In 'Sins of Empire' the author develops the story of some of the favourite characters from the previous books and introduces new, powerful and many layered individuals who become embroiled in this tale of intrigue, danger and loyalty.
Unlike many sequels to series set in the same world, this one does not disappoint and will command your attention till the very last pages, leaving you with a hunger for more. It is that good. It is fantasic!
The well developed Brian Sanderson-esque magic system, flows through the detailed world, weaving a complex tale full of intrigue reminiscent of Scott Lynch books, but with its own unique and sophisticated style.
Christian Rodska's narration is fair. He's rough voice fits well into dangerous events, however at times I would love to hear more enthusiasm and subtle variety.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Criminal plot with hint of black powder and magic. Excellent in every way from entire universe down to each and every one character of this book. Not only will you like the story, You will feel it! Immerse in it... and I'm not using this words lightly. To be honest I wouldn't change a thing! 20h passed like a blink of an eye. I have only one wish to the author ... More please! :)
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
i loved the original trilogy and keen to see where this goes. I like the writers take on magic and it was an interesting bit of spy/detective stuff in this one
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I absolutely loved this book. Excellent world building with characters that rocked. I love the violence, gore and the battles, the action is tense and the pacing overall is fast and makes for great reading/listening.
Fanstastic to read about Vlora and Olem again and Mad Ben is cool.
One hell of an enjoyable book!