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- File Size: 6135 KB
- Print Length: 673 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316407313
- Publisher: Orbit (3 December 2019)
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07SZLRHMW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 156 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Blood of Empire: Book Three of Gods of Blood and Powder Kindle Edition
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"McClellan concludes his terrific Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy with this explosive finale...McClellan sustains the tension throughout, keeping readers' hearts pounding across epic battles and backroom machinations alike. Fans will devour this action-packed series ender."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
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About the Author
Brian McClellan is an avid reader of fantasy and graduate of Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp. When he is not writing, he loves baking, making jam from fruit grown in northeast Ohio, and playing video games. He currently lives in Cleveland with his wife.
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This one runs for six hundred and fifty two pages. It has a prologue and seventy two chapters. There are several maps at the front.
And it does bring the story of these two trilogies to a complete end, as well.
Following on from the end of the last book in this trilogy 'Wrath of Empire', the three main viewpoint characters are once again Vlora. Ben Styke. And Michel. Each chapter jumps between them, although sometimes you do get two consecutive chapters with the same viewpoint character.
Each is continuing their own personal battles to deal with the local situation. Vlora has to continue to lead her army and come to terms with having lost her ability. Michel is doing his usual spying. And Ben has other concerns.
A final confrontation awaits...
This is very readable as ever. It didn't take me too long to get over the usual problem with series - recalling what happened last time if it's been a while since you read the previous book - but that was more down to the characters grabbing me and me wanting to see what was happening to them, than recalling narrative details. I did get into the plot quickly enough though.
Whilst this has a little more energy than the last book, which did feel a bit middle of the series, in the way certain books like that can be, I did just find Vlora's story more involving than the other two. She was a more fallible character, and with more interesting action going on, so her chapters did hold me more.
It does in the last quarter start to pull all threads together rather well, but the final confrontation is a little bit rushed. And there were two characters who, whilst they've not been viewpoints in this story before, were absent from the bulk of the narrative. And that was a bit noticeable.
It does end well though, and gets good marks for the final three chapters, where it does all that.
A decent end all in all to a good series, and I look forward to seeing what the writer does next.
But unfortunately, as a finale, I was disappointed.
It felt like people were sat on their hands, doing nothing much, for virtually the whole book and then it all suddenly rushed to a neatly wrapped conclusion in the last few chapters.
Still a hugely enjoyable series though.
The author has created a masterpiece of a universe with numerous great characters and a compelling narrative.
Really worth the read and enjoyed every moment of it.
Only thing that stops it being a 10/10 is the shall we say creative writing involved to keep Taniel out of the story arc.
Really hoping for another trilogy to follow on from the end of this book.
Something involving Adom, The predii, the other kingdoms and maybe a original creator.