The Guns of Empire (The Shadow Campaigns, #4) by Django Wexler

The Guns of Empire (The Shadow Campaigns, #4)

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 h...

Details The Guns of Empire (The Shadow Campaigns, #4)

TitleThe Guns of Empire (The Shadow Campaigns, #4)
Release DateAug 9th, 2016
GenreFantasy, Epic Fantasy, Fiction, War, Military Fiction

Reviews The Guns of Empire (The Shadow Campaigns, #4)

  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    1. Stop whatever rubbish you're doing.2. Access the nearest book-acquiring medium in your vicinity.3. Obtain a copy of this series as soon as humanly possible.4. Disregard all the other books on your TBR.5. Cry with me.There is so much for me to say here, but as with many later books in a series, my gushing reviews are starting to get repetitive. So this time around I think I'll describe the brutally emotional process of reading the last publishe...
  • Petrik
    4.5/5 StarsA fantastic penultimate installment in The Shadow Campaigns series, The Guns of Empire is my favorite book in the series so far.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 kn...
  • Django Wexler
    Hey, I forgot to leave my own review! I definitely liked it. =)
  • Scott Hitchcock
    Best book of the series. Back to the action and imagination of book one. Lots of great new characters and magic with lots of ups and downs adding to the tension. A great epilogue twist looks to make book five a great conclusion to the series that I'll be looking forward to.
  • Jody
    Once you've reached book 4 in a series, you have such an invested interest in the story and characters that you literally feel like your in the book going through each emotional event with them. They have become an every day part of your life, and you can't wait to get some extra time in your day to jump back into the adventure. You know deep down this can't go on forever, and you begin to cherish the time you have spent together more and more as...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum apologies to Django Wexler and Roc, this review is long overdue I think, but better late than never! With The Guns of Empire we’ve reached the penultimate novel in the The Shadow Campaigns and I just want to echo every positive sentiment and praise that has already been made about this book. It is a stellar sequel which succeeds in getting readers fired up for the ...
  • Haïfa
    You can find this review and more at Booksprens.I wanted to love this book so badly and it truly saddened me to love it only mildly :(Flintlock Fantasy is a subgenre I thoroughly enjoy! Mistborn Era 2, Powder Mage, the Lightbringer to a lesser extent (more “Fantasy” than “Flintlock”) were a lot of fun to read and I guess I expected the Shadow Campaigns to reach a better balance between magic and gunpowder. I know it’s unfair of me to co...
  • Mark Halse
    Tap dancing Christ! This series just won't let up! High octane adventure with demons and 18th century army tactics.As with the last three installments this book offers excellent character development, an interesting world, twists, turns and demons! My only problem with these books are with the battle scenes. They are often overdetailed and confusing. Most times I have to wait for a character in the aftermath to explain what happened which isn't t...
  • Aristea
    Amazing. That inspiration of Napoleon's campaign in Russia was just great. And great execution, amazing twists and turns all over the place, amazing characters (including some new ones you will love), some heartbreaking moments - all in all, I keep feeling like a soldier in the Vordan army and I love that feeling!
  • Freakout
    Excellent!!! Absolutely love this one! Django Wexler at his best.Highly recommended series!
  • Rob
    Executive Summary: Can I have book 5 now? Please? This series has become one of my most anticipated new releases for the last few years, and Mr. Wexler once again delivers. Don't sleep on this series!Audiobook: I like Richard Poe as a narrator. He has good volume and inflection, and does a few voices to boot. I think this is a series that works great in audio, and Mr. Poe adds a little extra to story with his reading. Full Review The Price of Val...
  • Manju
    Absolutely fantastic!
  • Jenna Kathleen
    Definitely the best of the series so far. I loved seeing more of the way the demons work and how they are all unique and different from one another. The greatest thing about this series is the distinct characters and their development so seeing this with the demons as well was fantastic.The ending with (view spoiler)[Bobby suddenly growing wings seemed like a bit of deus ex machina, but killing her off made it seem somewhat more realistic (hide s...
  • Emily
    WOW! I can't decide if this book or The Thousand Names is my favorite, but man, this book delivers. So many series start to falter midway though and end up with a lot of filler at this point. There is definitely a clear direction and build up to a final resolution. The plot is significantly advanced, answers begin to be provided. The new characters are great and the main characters just keep getting better except for Raesinia. I hate her. I know ...
  • Skylar Phelps
    The Guns of Empire is a major step forward for The Shadow Campaigns. It was just as good as The Thousand Names, if not more! The story keeps dragging you deeper into the world, continuously keeping you guessing what’s going to happen and all the while inching you closer and closer to the edge of your seat. If the quality is maintained I could see this as a series I could read a dozen new installments and still not get burned out.
  • Jack +Books & Bourbon+
    Holy hell...what did I just read?Seriously, I don't know how Mr. Wexler manages it, but this series just keeps improving...the stakes get higher, the character growth continues, and plot twists abound!I knew going into book 4 of the Shadow Campaigns that I would get 100% invested, to the point that chores around the house wouldn't get done, and that I'd be reading well into the night. Lo and behold, that's exactly what happened. Every spare momen...
  • Travis
    The Guns of Empire was a masterpiece and a spectacular installment in The Shadow Campaigns series. The plot in this entry was by far the best. It took all the elements of the entire series and soared to exceptional heights. The story was exceptionally told, the characters were so brilliantly developed, the world-building is still so top notch, and the magic system is still so unique. I am not okay after finishing this book because those last few ...
  • Mark
    A fantastic read this series goes from strength to strength, the author has improved his wordsmithing 100%, since his first book.An outstanding balance of action and character building.
  • Lundos
    Not as good as the last one. The characters are so likable and the story - until now - so interesting. This would probably be a 5 star book and it continues everything that I expect from the series, butI have two major critique areas:The motive of Janus bet Vhalnich (view spoiler)[is just looking for someone (Mya - demon or carrier)? So basic. So dull. (view spoiler)[But I guess that doesn't matter anymore. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]And I mu...
  • Daniel
    Jos jedna izuzetno zabavna knjiga o ratovanju sa odlicnim scenama bitaka, razvijenim likovima i tenzijom koja vas drzi prikovan od pocetka do kraja. Jedino sto mi je smetalo je sam kraj posto posle 500 strana sporog razvoja imamo eksplozivni kraj u poslednjih 20 strana koji totalno promeni stanje stvari i ostavlja nas da visimo dok cekamo zadnju knjigu.
  • Robert Thompson
    I have to say that this volume was a bit underwhelming. I wanted to like it but the current motivations of the main characters are just not my cup of tea.Janus bet Vhalnich our nonchalant master tactician is pigeonholed from the beginning as power crazed. Kind of depressing because from the start of the series, he was the only one making moves and saving everyone.Marcus d'Ivoire is his regular old self but now with a constant Raesinia complex.Rae...
  • Joel
    FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG, TOTAL INABILITY TO CONNECTI have this issue, wherein I read the first book in a series, love it, and then kind of…don’t go back to the second book. I’ve done this over and over again, with many series, some of which are still in that status – Malazan, The Unhewn Throne, Raven’s Shadow, etc. Some series, however, I stick with, and see through, and read each book when it comes out.However, the issue I’ve had with...
  • Ann
    Dear Jango, if you are reading this, how dare you leave this amazing book at a cliffhanger!!! All I have to say is this book was absolutely fantastic, and I demand you release the next book this instant!!! Oh my God I am sad I am happy I don't even know what to say. This book was amazing and deserves 10 stars!!! The details are fantastic, the emotional toll that the warhead on these characters, the emotional attachment that I have for these chara...
  • Megan
    **Warning for potential spoilers if you have not read the novel**It physically pains me to give a Django Wexler book anything less than 5 stars, especially when the last 60 pages alone were worthy of that rating. But I just wasn't feeling the rest of the novel the way I normally do? Idk.Nothing quite grabbed me and held my attention the way it had for the previous novels. I think that it didn't quite help that not only had I changed my opinion of...
  • Peter
    Django Wexler has this series figured out. He's got a great mix of politics and action. There's characterization and plot twists. Muskets mix with demons. It's great. I feel like the previous book, The Price of Valor, really set the tone for the rest of the series. After introductions of characters, plots, and settings in the first two, we get to really see what's happening in the series. And this is gearing up for a nice conclusion.Winter is st...
  • Blodeuedd Finland
    I do like military fantasy and Wexler does it so well. You do have to like battles to precipitate this series. Because they are on the move the entire time, fighting, marching, trying to survive.Janus is, oh I do not know about him, his end goal and why. But he will keep on marching to destroy the church. I get that he wants to keep his country and queen safe. He is the mystery in the book.Marcus follows his general and will think nothing about h...
  • Liviu
    quite entertaining overall and better than volume 3 which was kind of repetitive (more or less same villains with new allies), though Guns of Empire had its share of repetitiveness (as above, though the story twists more and there is a lot of tiding up loose ends which was a big plus); on the negative side, I am afraid the storyline will go "the supreme unbeatable evil almost conquering/destroying the world until the heroes barely stop it" tradem...
  • Bram
    Non stop thrilling ride from start to finish. Great, loveable characters and detailed military encounters build this book and the overarching, epic, storyline finishes it. I couldn't put it down and raced on to the finish, only to get caught in an emotional rollercoaster at the end. Damn you Wexler for putting me through that. I'm not sure how I'm going to survive till august for the final installment.
  • Suzanne
    The last book was a 5 star read, but I enjoyed this one more. Every point of view was interesting, and I am wondering more and more as this series progresses about certain characters *cough* Janus *cough* and their real motives. We see a lot more of the demons and their hosts this time around. This is really a great series!
  • Valyssia Leigh
    If you enjoy fantasy stories and have a single humanist or feminist notion in your head, you should give this series a try. Forget that the description says it's 'military fantasy.' I know that might be off-putting to some. This is excellent, adventurey, character driven, epic fantasy goodness with military maneuvers and Civil War era tech sprinkled on for spice.