Promise of Blood
The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it. It's a bloody business overthrowing a king...Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist... show more
The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it. It's a bloody business overthrowing a king...Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces. It's up to a few...Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail. But when gods are involved...Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should... In a rich, distinctive world that mixes magic with technology, who could stand against mages that control gunpowder and bullets? PROMISE OF BLOOD is the start of a new epic fantasy series from Brian McClellan.
Publish date: April 16th 2013
Pages no: 592
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Epic Fantasy
, High Fantasy
Series: The Powder Mage (#1)
I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would and I don't know why I held off reading it for so long. Promise of Blood is a military fantasy filled with political intrigue and not a little magic. It has everything I like in it, an engaging plot that's full of believable twists and turns, char...
My Thoughts The world in this novel was divided between two kinds of magic users: Privileged & Powder Mages. While the limitations of what Powder Mages could do and could not do were clearly described, the author left the Privileged's extent of power in murky waters. That is why, whenever they pul...
DNF. French Revolution with magic and gods. But unlike Django Wexler, McClellan changes almost nothing about the revolution, so there are not clever twists on various characters. Tamiel (I think, god keeping these characters straight was a challenge) is Napoleon. Nothing clever or witty about the pr...
Despite the number of friends that has reviewed this book favourably, it only really came to my attention when my book club decided to read it. I was immediately intrigued by the premise and I'm glad I decided to read along. "The Age of Kings is dead and I have killed it" Starting right at the...
"" The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it."" Since I've been rolling in high fantasy for a little over a week, I took the risk of picking up the pre-novellas of The Powder Mage series. Lo and behold, the novellas captured my attention. After going through all the pre-novellas, six of t...