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Title:
The autumn republic
Author:
McClellan, Brian, 1986-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
Physical Description:
580 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
Summary:
"IN A RICH, DISTINCTIVE WORLD THAT MIXES MAGIC WITH TECHNOLOGY, WHO COULD STAND AGAINST MAGES THAT CONTROL GUNPOWDER AND BULLETS? 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"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780316219129

9780316219112
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Book

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IN A RICH, DISTINCTIVE WORLD THAT MIXES MAGIC WITH TECHNOLOGY, WHO COULD STAND AGAINST MAGES THAT CONTROL GUNPOWDER AND BULLETS?
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.


Author Notes

Brian McClellan is an American epic fantasy author from Cleveland, Ohio. He is known for his acclaimed Powder Mage Universe and essays on the life and business of being a writer.

Brian now lives on the side of a mountain in Utah with his wife, Michele, where he writes books and nurses a crippling video game addiction.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

When you hear the term, powder mage, it's probably hard to conjure the image of a terrifying sorcerer wielding flaming destruction, unless the powder in question is some classic, sooty black potassium nitrate loaded into the muskets and cannons of Brian McClellan's Autumn Republic. The third book of the Powder Mage trilogy follows the earth-scorching war between Adro and Kez-powerful nations flinging muskets, magic, and monsters across smouldering battlefields in a seemingly endless war. The novel's lengthy dwelling on detailed battle descriptions, both in terms of complicated tactics and visceral action, will appeal heartily to those looking for a solid fantasy war novel, especially so to one looking, too, for a more Napoleonic or steampunk aesthetic. Impressive effort is put into the characterization of a large cast of characters, but this is still a novel firmly planted in its purpose as a wartime power fantasy based on an idealized era of imperial ambitions. Those uninterested in colonial-era warfare may have trouble finding somewhere to hang their hat in this novel, but the types who can explain the particulars of the Battle of Waterloo will fall immediately in love.--Francis, Chris Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Struggling with enemy kings and gods, the new Republic of Adro fights its hardest battles against its own people in this sharp and moving conclusion to McClellan's French Revolution-inspired fantasy. Field Marshal Tamas, returning from behind enemy lines with new allies (acquired in 2013's The Crimson Campaign), rushes to reunite his divided army, which was split by treason and is still facing the overwhelming forces of an invading monarch. He finds himself again surrounded when a foreign nobleman occupies the capital, Adopest, to run for the new post of First Minister. Magic clashes with divinity as Tamas's son, Taniel Two-shot, and Taniel's shaman companion struggle to keep a vengeful god under restraint. And Nila, a former laundress, faces the results of using her new power to slay invading soldiers. McClellan is unafraid to show tragic consequences and he wisely resists tying up his plot into a too-neat conclusion, allowing some character deaths and glimpses of the unending work of nation-building. While not as epic as some series, McClellan's work will please fantasy readers with a historical bent and a taste for the bittersweet. Agent: Caitlin Blasdell, Liza Dawson Associates. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

The Kez Army is marching on the Adro forces, while betrayal and corruption weaken them from within. Even the return of Field Marshal Tamas might not be enough to save Adro, especially if Tamas's son, Taniel, fails in his efforts to control a god bent on destruction. While everyone is focused on the front, an even larger threat might lie in wait back in the capital of Adopest. VERDICT McClellan's fitting conclusion to the trilogy (Promise of Blood; The Crimson Campaign), which introduced an amazing world of rival traditions of magic at war with one another, a world of blood-soaked battlefields, gunpowder-snorting powder mages, and gods who can't help interfering in the mortal world. The action scenes are especially well done, although readers wouldn't care about the outcome if the author had not crafted such wonderfully flawed characters. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.