The plot has grown so much in tension as all our main character finally decided to bring the fight to Elysium, the main villains home base. In a sense, this is similar to the first book, it’s heavy action packed. What separated it from the first book and made this one much better is that we already get to know the characters and because of that, it’s easier to care about their fates and predicament. Unlike the previous three book, this is the first time in the series where I was completed enthralled and never got bored with the plot, not even once. There are just so many things happening within this campaign. The Guns of Empire is full of revelations, the pacing is very well-paced and the action sequences are the best so far in the series; with plenty of magic in play, unlike the previous three books.
What truly amazed me, however, is that even though this is the penultimate installment of the series, there’s still something new to explore in terms of characterizations, especially Janus. The character developments are just wonderful, our characters have come so close yet so far from the first book. Plus, some new characters from the Shadow Campaigns novellas—Alex and Abraham—are also here to provide more depth to the plot.
Django’s prose has also improved significantly. Action scenes are now more vivid, intense, and engaging than before and the character’s dialogues are very compelling to read. Also, this:
“Never underestimate what can be accomplished by a little bacon at the right moment.”
Isn’t that just a word to live by? The only minor qualm I had with this book is that I feel that there's one part at the end that was a bit too convenient for the characters. However, this doesn't detract my overall enjoyment of the book.
I honestly don’t know how Django can top this one but I have high hope because of the fantastic climax sequences and ending of this book. The Guns of Empire is the best of the series so far and could truly be the highest moment of the series for me. I’ve been binge reading this series for the past two weeks because I’ve been approved for the ARC of the last book, safe to say I can’t wait to find out how it all ends. Once again, highly recommended for any fans of flintlock/military fantasy with kickass female characters, well done Django Wexler.