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

Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder, #1)

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 ...

Details Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder, #1)

TitleSins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder, #1)
Release DateMar 7th, 2017
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy

Reviews Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder, #1)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I freaking loved it!! I can vaguely remember the first trilogy in this world. And I think I read them twice!! Whatever! I loved this first one and the MC Vlora, whom I can’t remember if I liked her before. Whatever. Happy Reading! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Petros Triantafyllou
    Sins of Empire is, undoubtedly, the undisputed high point of McClellan's career so far. Colonel Ben Styke, a decorated war hero of the Fatrastan's war for independence, has been convicted and imprisoned for the past ten years as a war criminal. Silver Rose Michel Brevis, a governmental spy of Fatrasta, is tasked with the duties of a detective, a job with a required set of skills that he doesn't possess. Lady Vlora Flint, a General and co-owner ...
  • Bookwraiths
    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.Flintlock fans! Powder pundits–And all lovers of spellbinding stories of magic and mayhem:Today, today, you are redeemed from boredom,Set free from the doldrums of reading despair.For that most adroit of authors, Brian of McClellan,Has fired off the opening salvo of another fantasy series.Challenged all comers to brave his newest creation.From the beginning, Sins of Empire is a dazzling delight,Spun from the s...
  • Stefan Bach
    Okay, main character of this series is Vlora, right? Vlora Flint, right? Same no-POV, misread, misunderstood, shallowly developed Vlora Flint from Powder Mage series that everyone complained about? Well, that’s the problem. New series, new world, new timeline – same Vlora Flint.And why am I more invested in characters like Ben Styke? Michel Whatever-His-Surname-Actually-Was? Mr. Tampo and Mama Palo? Oh, don’t get me started on Mr. ...
  • Solseit
    The re-read is as beautiful - it not more - than the first read. The book is full of interesting characters, one more interesting than the other. Some of old favorites and some new favorites just make their way through the story in a continuous change of pace and events, twists and turns and dynamic story, just in Brian McClellan's style. If you have not started this series yet (and you have read The Powder Mage trilogy), this is a great story to...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum you know, I’m quite a fan of Brian McClellan’s Powder Mage trilogy, and so I was thrilled when I discovered he was planning to write a new series called Gods of Blood and Powder set in the same universe. Sins of Empire is a return to this world of magic and war, taking place approximately ten years after the end of The Autumn Republic. While the main cast may contain...
  • Scott Hitchcock
    Although a second trilogy it's a continuation of many of the same characters as the first. The new characters that are introduced however are very engaging and overshadow Vlora who I just cannot warm to. She just doesn't have the depth and charm a lot of the other characters. The first 80% is mystery and intrigue. The last 20% the battle we've been expecting. The cloak and dagger was entertaining. Round up to a 4* but I didn't enjoy it as much as...
  • Terence
    Fatrasta is a nation at conflict with itself. It subjugates a people group and their desire for equality. The Lady Chancellor uses not only her secret police the Blackhats, but also employs the Riflejack Mercenary Company led by Lady Vlora Flint. Fatrasta has also buried it's heroes who helped win them freedom, most notably Ben Styke. Styke has spent 10 years rotting in a Fatrastan labor camp. Fatrasta's problems may be worse than they initially ...
  • Kaitlin
    I picked this book up on audio and I am really very glad I did so as I have previously tried the Powder Mage series by this author and although it had promise it didn't really feel as developed as I wanted it too (probably because it was a debut series)...However, this series is set in the same world, following on from the events of the previous series, but it can be read as a series on its own. I only read book 1 in the Powder Mage series before...
  • Esme
    I tried reading Promise of Blood a few years ago, and although I finished, it didn’t leave any lasting impression on me and I didn’t continue on with the series. From what I remember, it had all the elements I’m usually intrigued by, but for whatever reason, it just didn’t land for me. So, when I heard that this series was better than the first I decided to pick it up, and I’m really happy I did. Giving a second chance to authors who di...
  • Peter
    Update after the re-read: It holds up! I didn't want to say much about a certain character(s) (view spoiler)[Vlora and Olem, but specifically Vlora (hide spoiler)] before it came out, but I feel like I can say a bit now. I'm really happy with how Brian treated them. I liked their arc in the other stuff he's written, and I'm happy they get such a prominent spot in this series. I think it's really great to show flaws in characters, and it's easy to...
  • Nils | nilsreviewsit
    ‘The smell of the dead, the wind in his hair, the blood on his steel: it made him feel vibrant and alive like nothing in the world had ever done for him.’🗡Sins of Empire is the first instalment of the Gods of Blood and Powder series by Brian McClellan. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know how much I love The Powder Mage trilogy, so you can imagine my anticipation in reading this novel which is set in the same world. I’...
  • Roy
    4.5*I read this earlier in the year and wasnt overly fond of it. I gave it a 2nd read after a friend pestered me to read it again, and for some reason it changed my view. 10 years have passed and we enter a new city with some new characters and some old characters from the original trilogy who had smaller bit roles.Great action, pacing was fun, characters were not as strong as the 1st trilogy, but still likeable. Perfect setup/intrigue for the 1s...
  • Rob
    Executive Summary: An excellent start to a new trilogy in Brian McClellan's Power Mage series. This one is a lot more political than the previous series was, which may be why I think this may be his best book yet.Audiobook: I got Promise of Blood in ebook for cheap, so I stuck to that format for the rest of the series. Now I wish I had gone audiobook instead. Christian Rodska is absolutely fantastic. He doesn't attempt to do any feminine voices, ...
  • Ceki
    I must confess that this read has proved to be more enjoyable and interesting than its prequel trilogy Powder Mage.It wouldn't be far from the truth to describe Sins of Empire as a recycled version of its prequels, but mostly in a good way: the narrative is still consistent and enjoyable while the action is fast-paced.However, the new characters are definitely the highlight of this novel. I've become really attached to them to the point of prepar...
  • Rebecca
    I find that I’m having trouble finding words eloquent enough to describe how much I loved Sins of Empire. I adored McClellan’s Powder Mage trilogy and getting to return to this world and catch up with familiar characters is one of the most satisfying feelings ever. Sins of Empire is set about 10 years after the events of the Powder Mage trilogy and rather than being set in The Nine, we get to more broadly explore the nation of Fatrasta. Those...
  • Brittany
    4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars!! Dark Epic Fantasy- Engaging from the start! I was not sure when I added this to my TBR what to expect. I did not read the Powder Mage series so this was my first Brian McClellan Novel. It sounded pretty interesting- so when I opened the book to start, I was pleasantly surprised from the very first page. Starting out with a bang- literally from the prologue- This book took a hold of my attention and immediately, I was inve...
  • C.P. Cabaniss
    Why did I wait until a year after it was released to read this book? The only good thing about it is the fact that book two is not available and I won't have to wait long before reading it. And hopefully book three will be released in less than a year. This was excellent. I really enjoyed the Powder Mage trilogy when I read them last year, but I wasn't sure how this series would go since it was set in the same world a few years down the line and ...
  • Kitvaria Sarene
    This one was once again a fast, entertaining, thrilling and action packed ride!There are some recurring characters, as we start off with Vlora and Olem we feel right at home.We also get some all new characters, as it takes place years after the Powder Mage series. And they once again were amazing! Ben Styke who we met in one of the novellas is a main character - and I absolutely love him! Others are good, bad and in between - just like I want my ...
  • Skylar Phelps
    These Powder Mage books just keep getting better.I have zero complaints and I’m enjoying the ride! One thing I really enjoy about Brian McClellan’s books is that there is always plenty of intrigue. There are always plans within plans within plans and the POVs are showcased in a way that really maximizes the suspense and keeps you guessing.Wonderful characters, unique world, and very talented storytelling. You really can’t go wrong with thes...
  • Olivier Delaye
    Imaginative and immersive world, memorable characters, gunpowder magic (?!?), intriguing story and plot(s), effective prose… what more can a Fantasy lover ask for?
  • Sarah Merrill
    Oh man, I don't know when I accidentally rated this 2 stars--a slip of hand while on my phone? I loved this book, I must rectify this!
  • Andy
    Rtc, final score is like 3.75After finishing his opening trilogy I’ve wanted to get back to the world of flintlock fantasy for a while now & pleased to be picking this up!Vlora is now a general & goes by the name of Flint, we also see the return of Colonel Odem but that appears to be where the prior characters stop as we are introduced to a new set of protagonists from the world. We are also no longer in The Nine but across the seas in another ...
  • Mark
    This is one of those books, where you turn the last page and relise that’s there no more to go till the next book comes out. Then you start calling the author rude names because he hasn’t made it longer and he’s ruined your enjoyment of his excellently written book.
  • Pavle
    Osećam posebnu privrženost ovom svetu, ovim likovima, i mislim da nikako ne mogu da Brajanu i nekom njegovom romanu dati ocenu ispod pet, iako ova možda zaslužuje više jaku četvorku. Naravno, u sklopu toga da je ovo roman nešto atipičnije fantastike, ali i dalje fantastike.Novi likovi su momentalno dragi, stari postaju još draži, akcija kao i uvek: eksplozivna, uverljiva, a opet ponekad špageti zabavna. Najbolje od svih svetova. Da nij...
  • Andrew Lukyanenko
    The beginning of the new series is great! At first I thought that it lacks spirit of the previous trilogy... but things became more and more interesting with each chapter. I definetely liked the book.