The Guns of Empire

The Guns of Empire

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by Django Wexler
     
 

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As the “audacious and subversive”* Shadow Campaigns novels continue, the weather is growing warmer, but the frosty threat of Vordan’s enemies is only growing worse...
 
As the roar of the guns subsides and the smoke of battle clears, the country of Vordan is offered a fragile peace…
 

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As the “audacious and subversive”* Shadow Campaigns novels continue, the weather is growing warmer, but the frosty threat of Vordan’s enemies is only growing worse...
 
As the roar of the guns subsides and the smoke of battle clears, the country of Vordan is offered a fragile peace…
 
After their shattering defeats at the hands of brilliant General Janus bet Vhalnich, the opposing powers have called all sides to the negotiating table in hopes of securing an end to the war. Queen Raesinia of Vordan is anxious to see the return of peace, but Janus insists that any peace with the implacable Sworn Church of Elysium is doomed to fail. For their Priests of the Black, there can be no truce with heretics and demons they seek to destroy, and the war is to the death.
 
Soldiers Marcus d’Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass find themselves caught between their general and their queen. Now, each must decide which leader truly commands their loyalty—and what price they might pay for final victory.
 
And in the depths of Elysium, a malign force is rising—and defeating it might mean making sacrifices beyond anything they have ever imagined.

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Praise for the Shadow Campaigns Novels
 
“A fascinating world of dust and bayonets and muskets...and magic.”—S.M. Stirling, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Novels of the Change
 
"Gritty, brutal, and yet wonderfully intimate...exceptional military fantasy."—Jason M. Hough, New York Times Bestselling Author of Zero World
 
“Succeeding volumes may end up doing for the Napoleonic Wars what George R.R. Martin did for the Wars of the Roses. Highly recommended.”—Anthony Ryan, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Raven’s Shadow Novels
 
“Without a doubt, the best book of its year.”—Simon R. Green, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Secret Histories Novels
 
“[A] mash-up of seventeenth-century technology and demon-summoning assassins.”—*Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451477323
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/09/2016
Series:
Shadow Campaigns Series , #4
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
77,343
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Django Wexler is the author of the Shadow Campaigns novels, including The Price of Valor, The Shadow Throne, and The Thousand Names. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts. He is also the author of a middle-grade fantasy novels, The Forbidden Library, The Mad Apprentice, and The Palace of Glass.

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BC1130 3 months ago
Interestingly, the central force which has driven this story from book one through book four is the mysterious, character Janus bet Vhalnich and yet his only POV is only about a page and a half at the very end of book five. In book one, The Thousand Names, Vhalnich's manipulations gets himself put in charge of the Colonials in a desert outpost where he is to restore order to an uprising. With an army at his command, he maneuvers them to his ultimate goal, finding and claiming the powerful and ancient tablets of the Thousand Names. In book two, The Shadow Throne, the king of Vordan appoints Janus Justice Minister, putting him in charge of the policing of the city. Janus works behind the scenes moving people and factions in order to spoil a sinister faction who would use the heir to the throne as a puppet ruler and take over the country. In book three, The Price of Valor, the king is dead. His heir Raesinia, is a mere figurehead with a new governing body made up of citizens and a few nobles. But, she is a target for assassins and because of a special power she harbors, The Sworn Church would have her imprisoned. The church has organize armies of the continent to attack Vordan and they send their dark priests to infiltrate the city and the government. General Janus bet Vhalnich's stratigic mind defeats the invading army and via Marcus D'Ivoire, his second in command the queen is saved. Now in book four, the Guns of Empire, Count Janus bet Vhalnich Mieran has been elevated to First Consul of the Kingdom of Vordan. He is in charge of the whole army of Vordan and he is determined to take it to the Sworn Church of Elysium and he will sacrifice the whole army to get there. We are finally given a few crumbs of what has been Janus's driving force and ultimate goal since book one and what has him blindly focused on the object of his obsession. But author Django Wexler cuts Janus short of his goal and frustrates us by leaving us hanging by our fingertips on a cliff's edge with Janus's outcome not looking good and to be continued in book five .