The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan – Review

Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: February 10th 2015 
Series: Powder Mage Series
Pages: 580 
My Rating: 3.5/5


The capital has fallen…
Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing, his allies are indistinguishable from his foes, and reinforcements are several weeks away.

An army divided…
With the Kez still bearing down upon them and without clear leadership, the Adran army has turned against itself. Inspector Adamat is drawn into the very heart of this new mutiny with promises of finding his kidnapped son.

All hope rests with one…
And Taniel Two-shot, hunted by men he once thought his friends, must safeguard the only chance Adro has of getting through this war without being destroyed…

I’m so sad to say that the last book in the Powder Mage Series disappointed me. I thought it had so much potential and so much was promised to us, but it didn’t deliver…

Things I liked:

  • Like the two previous books, this one was fast past. There is always something happening, more betrayals, more twists and turns to keep you on your toes.
  • I complained a lot in the previous books that I wanted to see more of Vlora. And this book finally scratched that itch.
  • The character development and arcs are really well done for both main and side characters. And I also really enjoyed seeing the development of many relationships. From Vlora and Taniel, Nila and Bo, or Taniel and Tamas. I though that was very well executed.

Things I didn’t like:

  • I mentioned that this book was really fast pace and there is always something happening… The issue is that half of the book felt that those things were unnecessary and just filler. We are in the third book, and we were promised war between Gods and some epic finale and… We don’t really get it… The battle between “Gods” last chapter and although it was nice it felt really flat of my expectations.
  • I felt that many elements and character that were mention at some point never get “used” in the story. We are told about Predii and how powerful there are we never encounter them again. We are told about The Nine, but we only really talk about 4 (?)countries. Adom is a big deal in book one, and he is present in 10 pages in the book. Kresimir is this bad and most powerful God but for the hole book Ka-Poel had him under spell just like that. So many potential none utilized…
  • Ka-Poel is supposed to be more powerful than a God and that is explained literally with a short paragraph that can be resumed into “her people know about blood magic, and she is the most powerful”. No! That’s not enough. Why is blood magic so powerful? Why is SHE so powerful? Why are not her people kings of the Nine?
  • As with before I had the same issue with Nila. OK she is powerful and unique but why? Just because the story needs a Mary-Sue?

It was still a great book and I really applaud the character work but… I felt it feel flat on the epic potential that it had.


What about you my amazing readers. Have you read this series? Did you like it? What are your thoughts?

Published by Natacha

Hello and Wellcome! My name is Natacha. I'm a book and travel blogger.

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