Review: Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan

Blood of Empire

Brian McClellan

Gods of Blood and Powder #3



688 pages


Book received from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

I don’t usually post on a Tuesday but there just aren’t enough Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in December.

Anyway, let’s start another instalment of ‘Jennifer doesn’t want to finish a book because then it will be over’.

Summary: The Dynize have unlocked the Landfall Godstone, and Michel Bravis is tasked with returning to Greenfire Depths to do whatever he can to prevent them from using its power; from sewing dissension among the enemy ranks to rallying the Palo population.

Ben Styke’s invasion of Dynize is curtailed when a storm scatters his fleet. Coming ashore with just twenty lancers, he is forced to rely on brains rather than brawn – gaining new allies in a strange land on the cusp of its own internal violence.

Bereft of her sorcery and physically and emotionally broken, Lady Vlora Flint now marches on Landfall at the head of an Adran army seeking vengeance against those who have conspired against her. While allied politicians seek to undo her from within, she faces insurmountable odds and Dynize’s greatest general.

I’m just going to come out and say it: I loved this book. I loved this series. I loved the series before it. I had so much fun reading these books and I am sad that it is now over and done with. I am very satisfied with how it ended.

Blood of Empire continues from the end of Wrath of Empire. Ka Sedial is trying to recover the God Stones to make himself a god and all of our heroes are racing against time to stop him before he becomes an all mighty god. There are so many twists and turns in the book, so much action and a lot of wonderful character moments to enjoy.

Speaking of the characters, I love them all. They are all so interesting and likeable that I could just read about them forever. I think Ben Styke is my favourite and I adore his father/ daughter relationship with Celine. He is wonderfully uncompromising most of the time and he just won’t give up. I love that. The other characters are also a joy to read and they all get their moment to shine whilst facing the ever increasing odds that they are going to fail.

Blood of Empire ended in a way that I actually really liked. I wasn’t disappointed by it in the slightest. It had a nice epilogue as the final chapter that rounded everything up and didn’t feel like it had been rushed unlike some other books I have read this year. I found it to be an exciting end to the series with a good amount of action and character moments to enjoy.


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