E-books, 596/580 Pages
Adult/ High Fantasy
By: Brian McClellan
“I would die for my country. But I’d rather kill for it. Ready your troops. We march!”
Promise of Blood ★★★ 3/4
The Crimson Campaign ★★★★ 1/4
The Autumn Republic ★★★★
I always wanted to read this trilogy but avoided it because I thought Flintlock fantasy is something I would not enjoy and the author proved me so wrong. This was different from what I expected in a very good way.
As opposed to most books, the second book in the series was my favorite and it just improved everything in book one. The third book is also better than the first book but the main things I enjoyed in book two were barely in book three which made it less enjoyable.
The writing is great in all three books with many great quotes throughout the series and my favorites has to be the ones in The Autumn Republic which shows that the author’s prose kept developing and it makes me even more excited for his second trilogy.
“Take all that hate and anger and ball it up and put it away. Don’t chew on it—that just makes you bitter. Put it aside and use it as a reminder of why you never want to be helpless again. Take your weakness and make it your strength.”
In the first book there was a slight inclination towards one POV over the others but in the next two books, I think the POVs were balanced very well and although I can’t deny having a favorite POV in each book, they were all well written and intriguing. The best thing about book two is that it just expands the world-building, we get more of the Gods and Ka-Poel gets to shine in the book and she is probably my favorite character despite not saying anything as she is a mute. The third book doesn’t have much of Ka-Poel and the Gods which made me a bit disappointed.
There is focus on politics and war and I think that is very logical when we are talking about a military fantasy series but there were still a lot of great themes in the books with a big focus on families and we get to see that through different lenses which I really liked.
Summary: I think it is a very solid series with an awesome middle book. I thought it will be a bit drier with focus on politics but I think it exceeded my expectations and the characters made it a very interesting read. I enjoyed the magic system very much and I am definitely excited for the second trilogy which I hope to read soon.