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    • ISBN:9780356509303
    • Publication date:07 Mar 2017
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Sins of Empire

By Brian McClellan

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The action-packed start to a thrilling new epic fantasy series from award-winning author Brian McClellan, set in the same world as the Powder Mage trilogy

'Crackles with excitement and adventure on every page' Fantasy Book Review

Enter a war-torn world where gunpowder and magic collide

The nation of Fatrasta is a haven for criminals, rebels, adventurers and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. As insurrection grows, only the iron will of the Lady Chancellor holds the capital city of Landfall together.

Yet an ancient power as old as time is rising, and the fate of this young nation now rests in the hands of a spy, a disgraced war hero and a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall's present.

Sins of Empire is the explosive new epic fantasy from Gemmell Award-winning author Brian McClellan. Look out for Wrath of Empire, book two in the Gods of Blood and Powder series, in May 2018.

Praise for Brian McClellan:

'Gunpowder and magic. An explosive combination' Peter Brett

'Brings a welcome breath of gunpowder-tinged air to epic fantasy' Anthony Ryan

'Tense action, memorable characters, rising stakes . . . Brian McClellan is the real thing' Brent Weeks

'Innovative magic, quick-paced plot, interesting world. I had a blast' Brandon Sanderson

Books by Brian McClellan:

Gods of Blood and Powder
Sins of Empire
Wrath of Empire

The Powder Mage trilogy
Promise of Blood (Winner of the Gemmell Morningstar Award)
The Crimson Campaign
The Autumn Republic

Biographical Notes

Brian McClellan is an American epic fantasy author from Cleveland, Ohio. He is known for his acclaimed Powder Mage series and essays on the life and business of being a writer. Brian now lives on the side of a mountain in Utah with his wife, Michele, where he writes books and nurses a crippling video game addiction.

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  • ISBN: 9780356509297
  • Publication date: 09 Mar 2017
  • Page count: 640
  • Imprint: Orbit
Furious, visceral, and relentlessly thrilling — KIRKUS
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Magic and technology come together in the midst of complicated relationships and unsure alliances . . . [a] compelling adventure — RT BOOK REVIEWS
A fast paced story, set in a brilliantly realised world . . . One of the best fantasy novels of recent years — BOOKBAG
Wonderful plotting that powerfully compels page turning — SFFWORLD
Crackles with excitement and adventure on every page — FANTASY BOOK REVIEW
Unexpected twists and game-changing surprises — BIBLIOSANCTUM
Rich worldbuilding . . . Interesting politics and vibrant characters — FANTASY FACTION
Thrilling . . . A novel that is equal parts military adventure and spy tale, and succeeds wildly on both counts — B&N SCIFI AND FANTASY BLOG
Furious, visceral, and relentlessly thrilling
An engaging mystery, terrifying possibilities, likable characters and an incredibly detailed world
Magic and technology come together in the midst of complicated relationships and unsure alliances . . . [a] compelling adventure
A fast paced story, set in a brilliantly realised world . . . One of the best fantasy novels of recent years
Wonderful plotting that powerfully compels page turning
Crackles with excitement and adventure on every page
Unexpected twists and game-changing surprises
Rich worldbuilding . . . Interesting politics and vibrant characters
Thrilling . . . A novel that is equal parts military adventure and spy tale, and succeeds wildly on both counts
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'A fast paced story, set in a brilliantly realised world . . . One of the best fantasy novels of recent years' Bookbag on Sins of Empire 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.Magic and gunpowder collide in Wrath of Empire, the explosive second novel in the Gods of Blood and Powder series.Praise for Brian McClellan:'Gunpowder and magic. An explosive combination' Peter Brett'Brings a welcome breath of gunpowder-tinged air to epic fantasy' Anthony Ryan 'Tense action, memorable characters, rising stakes . . . Brian McClellan is the real thing' Brent Weeks'Innovative magic, quick-paced plot, interesting world. I had a blast' Brandon SandersonBooks by Brian McClellan: Gods of Blood and PowderSins of EmpireWrath of EmpireThe Powder Mage trilogyPromise of Blood (Winner of the Gemmell Morningstar Award)The Crimson CampaignThe Autumn Republic

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