Sunday, 21 April 2013

FANTASY REVIEW: Powder Mage Trilogy 1: Promise of Blood - Brian McClellan

Release Date: 16/04/13


'The Age of Kings is dead. And I have killed it.'

Field Marshal Tamas's coup against his king sends corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brings bread to the starving. But it also provokes war in the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics and greedy scrambling for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers' unions and mercenary forces.

Stretched to his limit, Tamas relies heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be Tamas's estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty will be tested to its limit.

Now, amid the chaos, a whispered rumour is spreading. A rumour about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods returning to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing . . .

But perhaps they should.


OK, you’re looking for something a little different for your fantasy reading time. You want intrigue, you want double dealing, you want mystery and of course you want it all wrapped up in a fantasy world that will draw you deeper into the shadows of darker deeds.

Sounds like a lot to ask for? Well you might think so but wait until you get a load of the startling debut by Brian McClellan.

Also add to the mix fully rounded characters with multifaceted personalities that change the way that the tale unfurls, all round make this a title that’s going to be one of the fantasy debut’s to beat this year. Cracking stuff.

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