Sins of Empire is a fantastic and immersive beginning to Brian McClellan's second series. Once again there are unique and wonderful characters, an intriguing plot and slick action sequences.
"But there were some wounds you could ask an old soldier about and others you had to wait for him to tell."
I absolutely loved McClellan's debut series, Powder Mage, which is set in the same world. So when I came to this, I did not know if he could manage such a fear again. Sins of Empire proves all my doubts wrong. There are a whole new bunch of unique and intriguing characters who are incredibly enjoyable to read about.
Sins of Empire starts around a decade after the conclusion of the previous series, but remains mostly detached as it takes place on the continent of Fatrasta, mostly contained within the massive city of Landfall. These are lands and dominions never explored before, and they added a whole new edge to the story with intricate dynamics far from similar to his previous trilogy.
Sins of Empire is told from three POV"s:
General Vlora Flint, the leader of the famous mercenary company called the "Rifle Jackets" is a powerful and renowned Powder Mage. She is working for the Governor of Fatrasta and her task is to crush any chance of a united rebellion from the Palo by catching their mysterious leader.
Mad Ben Styke, a former leader of the legendary "Mad Lancers" and a decorated war hero after the Fatrastan war of independence. He has since been convicted as a war criminal and has since been imprisoned for the last decade within a brutal labour camp.
Michel Brevis, a member of the "Blackhats", who are the police and spies for the government of Fatrasta. He is surprised when he is summoned for an impeccable record and given his toughest job yet.
"Styke's people were outnumbered two to one. The Dynize, he decided, should have brought about more men."
I loved the plot of each character, and enjoyed how diverse each character arc was. Michel Brevis had a more subtle storyline as compliments his profession, and there was constant tension with Style for every single chapter with him.
Throughout the novel, Brian McClellan gives the reader a fabulous insight to the culture and layout of the city of Landfall with his usual slick prose. I loved it!
A great read with fantastic characters and an intriguing plot. I recommend this book highly!