All of his books are well-constructed with characters struggling with their present and past. It has several sub-plots, two involving more military fantasy and one an espionage fantasy. The shifts between characters and the type of fantasy is seamless and offers variations of character perspective. Shifting circumstances and actions often lead the characters to change their own plans as would anyone in real life.
I’m interested in writing more sub-plots into my books as the stories allow so this series offered some instruction for me about how to approach them. Likewise, it offered an excellent example of shifting between sub-genre effectively. It leads to some complex plotting between the POV characters, something which was required with the end of my own book, The White Arrow which wrapped up The Bow of Hart Saga. However, I was still writing within epic fantasy. Now, I’m inspired to create a story which shifts between such differing sub-genres as military and espionage while using POV characters as the distinction.
By the way, I rated Wrath of Empire a 5-star read so give McClellan’s books a look if you’re interested. Thanks for stopping by today and pleased feel free to share or re-blog this post.