The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan


Became a Faceless Man
A satisfying conclusion to one of the best flintlock fantasies out there.

This book really is all about wrapping up the threads created by the first two in the trilogy. A lot of battles, both political, real and personal.

Some really good tactical moments as well as political intrigue. The ending was pretty good, wraps up satisfyingly while leaving just enough to the reader's imagination. Also the origin of the so called "gods" is still left very much in question, and is could possibly be a target for future novels.

Some cons would be that there is somehow not as much a sense of urgency as before, and that Nila being one of the gifted doesn't really add much to the story, but I guess that can be explored in the future, and will be from the number of novellas he has written.

A solid 8.

Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
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and that Nila being one of the gifted doesn't really add much to the story
I thought McClellan was going to explain:

why she can touch the Else without using gloves like all the other privileged

but he didn't.

Jon Snow

No Power in the Verse can stop me
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To pick up in a new book I suppose? He clearly loves this setting, what with all his Powder Mage short stories/novellas. I suppose we'll know more soon, since he was contracted for a trilogy and now he fulfilled that contract.
Which ones are they? I've never knew there were any.

8 as well from me. A decent read and make me turn lots of pages very quickly.

If someone could explain to me how
Tamas beat the Kez army. I don't have a military brain. But what I gathered was that Kez had overwhelming numbers. How could Tamas go on the offensive?


Journeyed there and back again
Which ones are they? I've never knew there were any.

If someone could explain to me how
Well, that part is indeed a bit unbelievable. McClellan suggests the Kez only use their overwhelming numbers and barely any tactics. Most of the battle is also brushed over as we see it from the micro-scale. And the fact that Tamas played it out the day before is even more unbelievable. This is one of the few small things that he could've done better.


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8/10. Loved it but agree there was little sense of urgency, i found myself skimming over parts. I think book 2 was better. I am really glad I picked up the series


Listens to The Unbeliever whine about life
8/10 for me too. Thoroughly enjoyable, but too many loose ends that I was
Sure they would tie up. The 2nd book was the best of the 3


Journeyed there and back again
What a delightful, well written and exciting book. I agree completely with Ryan. Anyone who doesn't read the Powder Mage trilogy is depriving themselves of a great series that has already spawned a sequel trilogy starting with Sins of Empire.
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