Sins of Empire
Gods of Blood and Powder - Book #1
by Brian McClellan
I've been looking forward to this one since I finished the Powder Mage Trilogy. Brian McClellan not only shares my first name, but he has an incredible imagination. The world that he has created is wondrous and varied, containing magic unlike any I've seen before. The primary magic, as indicated by the series titles, are powder and blood. Powder mages can ingest gunpowder that imbues them with magical abilities, and "bone-eyes" (blood mages) use, well, blood for the same purpose.
I don't want to give away too many secrets about this book, but I will say it takes place in a completely separate continent from the first trilogy. But don't fret, some of your favorite characters have returned, including Lady Vlora, Mad Ben Styke, and Olem the soldier who never sleeps. There are some appearances by other characters, but I'll leave those to you to discover yourself.
If you enjoyed the Powder Mage trilogy, you'll LOVE this one. It's on par with "A Promise of Blood", the first powder mage book, and I can't really recommend this highly enough, if you're a fantasy fan.