Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #2) – Brian McClellan

Check out my review of the previous novel, Sins of Empire.

wrath of empire

5 star
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Pages: 639
Release Date: May 15, 2018

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.

Wow. What is there to say about Wrath of Empire without turning into a fangirling mess? Like the previous novel, Sins of Empire, McClellan storytelling is masterful in its character development, plotting, and pacing.

Before moving any further with my praise for Wrath of Empire, I will say the book does suffer slightly from second book syndrome. Wrath of Empire is very much a means to an end book for most of the characters, especially Ben. This, however, does not hinder enjoyment of this book at all. Every second with these characters is time well spent and by the end of the novel you’ll be desperately seeking the next book.

As with Sins of Empire, Wrath of Empire follows the same three characters, Ben, Michel, and Vlora. Wrath of Empire begins almost immediately where Sins of Empire left with all the characters in sticky situations. From the first few chapters, McClellan sets up the pacing of the novel letting readers know they’re in for a wild ride as each of the characters has a dangerous goal to achieve as quickly as possible.

My favourite perspective in Wrath of Empire was Michel. His arc felt the most complete and self contained within the novel. I was able to guess the twist before it was revealed, though that didn’t lessen my enjoyment. His chapters are full of captivating action and mystery, new characters, and an objective that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I read this 639-page book in three days. I was so obsessed with it that it put me in a book hangover. I’m desperate to find out what happens next and spend more time with these characters. Check out these two books if you’re looking for a fantasy series that will capture your attention and refuse to let it go.

Blood of Empire, from what I can tell, does not have a release date and it’s killing me.

Have you read Wrath of Empire? What did you think? Have you read the previous novel, Sins of Empire?

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