Book Review

The Autumn Republic

Title: The Autumn Republic
Author: Brian McClellan
Publisher: Feb. 2015, Orbit Books
Blurb: 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…
THE AUTUMN REPUBLIC is the epic conclusion that began with Promise of Blood and The Crimson Campaign.

And just when I thought that these books couldn’t get any better, the third one came and completely destroyed everything and knocked it out of the water.

Seriously, I get chills thinking about what went down in The Autumn Republic, the final book in The Powder Mage trilogy. So many twists and turns that I did not see coming, so much emotion poured into these characters as they continued to fight against those turns and twists. I devoured this book, reading those last 100 pages with bated breath. There were two moments, in particular, that truly made my heart stop.

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If you read my review of The Crimson Campaign, then you know exactly what the first one was.

And if you read the last few chapters, then you have no doubt upon the second.

This is a war, after all.

Of course there are causalities.

I just hoped, against hope, it wouldn’t have been [REDACTED].

But I loved this book. I thought it was a great ending to such an amazingly intricate, engrossing and engaging story. It made me even more excited to jump straight into the Gods of Blood and Power (which I, ah, may have done immediately after finishing it, low-key non even ashamed, honestly) because I really wasn’t ready to leave a world so well woven, with characters that feel so real. That’s why I love these books so much, to be honest. Because the characters are just so easy to get attached to, whether I root for them or am rooting venomously against them. If you can give me characters that I form deep attachments to, then there isn’t much doubt I won’t fall in love with your story.

McClellan has done much more than that, writing a wonderful series that continuously has me beating myself up for not reading it earlier.

Not making that mistake again, *she says as she disappears into the void, her nose buried within Sins of Empire*.

Read on!

PS: Does anyone else have a crush on Tamas? No, just me? Alrighty, then…

4 thoughts on “The Autumn Republic”

    1. YES, this happens to me all the time! It’s both the best feeling, because then you know how much you resonated with a character and formed a relationship with them, but then it also sucks, because they aren’t real. 😛

    1. RIGHT?! I definitely think those gorgeous covers helped, but I couldn’t help but *not* root for him eternally. I just started Sins of Empire and I’m already really excited about it. I’ll have to look at how many novellas there are, too (didn’t even know there were any, tbh).

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