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Empire of War - An Epic Fantasy (The Empire of War Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Victor Methos
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The most devastating war in the history of the Kingdom of Oryt has ended. Fought between the King and Queen Kandarian, the queen lays defeated and near death on a battlefield of corpses. A single mysterious warrior survives and spirits her away to a distant island where it is rumored the last of the mages survive.


Prince Kandarian, the sole surviving son of the royal house, an unusual mind since childhood, has deteriorated mentally to the point of madness. His indulgence for the blood of the young and beautiful knows no bounds, and has wrought devastation to families across the kingdom.

Aysta, a deadly assassin with the Guild of Shades, rises every morning with the death of Kandarian on her lips. Her mother and sister brutally raped and killed, she will stop at nothing to end the life of the man that haunts her dreams.


The rumors of the last mage prove true and an army of deadly orcs rises with an arcane and unknown general at its head. The orc army marches on Oryt as an even deadlier enemy surfaces: the queen is rumored to be alive and seeking to turn the world to ashes.

Prince Kandarian must lead the armies to war but is hunted by more than just Aysta. The pain and death he has left in his wake is slowly returning to him. And it is not clear if he or the orcs are the greater threat to the realm...

A tale of war, death, and betrayal, Empire of War is the thrilling first book in the Empire of War Trilogy by Kindle Top 100 bestselling author Victor Methos. Filled with non-stop action, it is a read you will not be able to put it down.


Empire of War is Victor Methos' twentieth book. He has had such bestsellers as The White Angel Murder, the #1 mystery in the United States and United Kingdom for over eight weeks, and Superhero, a Kindle Top 100 smash hit bestseller. He can be reached through his blog at

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  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D50WNE8
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty Setting Done Well October 26, 2013
By Deke
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I must say this is one of the best settings I have read in this genre. I know there have been many criticisms of the horror of it but truth be told it is more realistic to a Dark Age than much of the fluff that is produced today, there is no black and white, but many shades of grey.


- Gritty, realistic setting that puts the reader in a true Dark Ages, with lots of moral ambiguity, one that reflects true attitudes of both royal, slave and commoner alike. This world is more "real world" like, with no clear white hats vs. black hats.

- Good character development. I came to want to know more about the 2 main protagonists, and the info. was metered out throughout the novel which added depth to the story and allowed you to understand their motivations.

- Decent battle scenes. Though not the best I've read, and sometimes simplistic and contrite, they were adequately detailed and common enough to add to the story.

- Surprises and plot twists that actually took me by surprise. Usually when reading these types of novels I know by 1/3 of the book what is going to happen and when a plot twist or surprise happens it is either a) stupid or b) adds nothing to the story, this didn't happen here and I actually found myself saying, "oh wow, didn't see that coming."


- Fuzzy timelines. I get the feeling that the life expectancy of the people on the planet is measured in more than a century. We're treated to scenes from the past and plans that take decades to develop, yet people don't seem to have aged much. I can't go into much without giving away spoilers but suffice it to say, the "time-line" was very, very fuzzy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read. June 27, 2013
By jwb
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One of the best indie fantasy books I have read this year. A few inconsistencies but still a good story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Witches brew of genres 21/2 ⭐ June 27, 2013
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Amazon mentions that this author already have twenty books published so I checked. All the previous books are thrillers and mysteries, 'Empire at war' is his first epic fantasy.

I think he should have stuck with the other genres. I could not find an epic in the plot. You see, it's about two trained killers, that have some control of their homicidal impulses, trying to kill a serial rapist and murderer. ' Empire at war' does not have glorious battles, but its abundant in rape, killings and corpses.

There is so much wrong with this book. Hard to name them all so here is highlights:

- Emperor's son raped and killed hundreds of women and children. When news of his probable death reaches the emperor, the only thing a grieving father is sad about is the wasted effort that was spent on training in politics, diplomacy and governing of Empire. Author tried to portray The Emperor as benevolent and wise ruler!

- We follow two characters who speak in the first person for a 70% of the book, then all of the sudden more and more characters found their first person voices. It still didn't help in gaining insight in to any of them, just made silly plot even sillier.

- Don't get attached to those characters, some get killed, and good riddance.

- Twists in the plot for twists sake.

- You put blood in to a potion and end up with a blood magic. That's pretty much all we get for the description of it.

Shallow writing with a lot of corpses thrown in to flesh out the book. Just because I finished it 2 1/2 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lord Of The Rings meets Game Of Thrones!! June 21, 2013
By c_soul
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Soooo glad I stumbled across this book! I was a big fan of LOTR when the movies came out (like everyone else), but one criticism I had was that it didn't feel 'gritty' enough for my tastes. Game Of Thrones brings that grittiness in spades, but with much less of the 'other world' element (wizards, orcs, etc.).

And then Victor Methos steps up to the plate with Empire Of War!!

Methos has created a world that brings all these elements together in fantastic proportion. There are wizards (Mages, actually), orcs of various kinds, and ambitious warmongering humans.

You really do feel that you're stepping into a world that existed long before you started reading. And I never once had the slightest sensation that Methos was trying to mimic either of these very successful franchises - which is always a concern with such comparisons.

I was surprised that the first 3 reviewers were a bit tentative with their positive reviews. Perhaps worried other readers will come along with bad reviews? The 2 primary critiques were ease of entry into the story and character development. Make no mistake, this is an epic story, which always takes a little longer to get into. And because this book is creating a world, not simply a single protagonist, the perspective does switch from character to character.

I cannot agree with the critique on character development though. Each primary character has a very tangible back-story, and these back-stories very much define and explain who they are during the story. Most importantly, the characters are dynamic. They have inner conflicts that are prominent in the storyline. They are not shallow and do not feel contrived simply to make the story work.

To summarize - if you are a fan of epic fantasy like LOTR and/or Game Of Thrones, you WILL enjoy this one!
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Published 5 months ago by Thos StoneChaser
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent Start To The Series
I found this book to be entertaining. I will read the remainder of the series. I thoroughly enjoyed the prologue and actually read it out loud to my husband. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Y.I. Washington
3.0 out of 5 stars too brutal for my taste
I'm putting this at 3-stars because though the themes and sequences were too needlessly brutal/explicit for my liking, I felt that the book was well written and dialog was good. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Brian Chrisman
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book ever.
Story ridiculous and writing even worse. Can't believe someone published this. Good thing I didn't spend a lot of money on it. I guess you get what you pay for.
Published 18 months ago by RES
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the next book in this series
I really enjoyed this book! That said, it was challenging in the beginning to sort out what the story was. The tale is told in the first person; by many people. Read more
Published 19 months ago by DennisH
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional!
I got this book a few days ago with reservations. I had never heard of it and was skeptical. I had no idea I was in for such a read. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I really enjoyed this book. I got it as a free download. I can't wait for the next one to come out and I hope the price is the same
Published 19 months ago by face2098
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Victor Methos is a former prosecutor specializing in violent crime and is currently a criminal defense attorney in the Mountain West. He is the author of over forty books and dozens of short stories and poetry collections.

After completing his undergraduate education at the University of Utah, Mr. Methos abandoned pursuing a doctorate in philosophy for law school. A partner at a law firm he helped found, he has conducted over 100 criminal trials and has been voted one of the most respected criminal lawyers in the West by Utah Business Magazine.

His latest book, The Neon Lawyer, a true story based on Mr. Methos's first years as a criminal defense lawyer, was signed to Thomas & Mercer and begins the Brigham Theodore legal series.

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