Promise of Blood (The Powder Mage Trilogy #1) - Brian McClellan8.70

David Gemmell Morningstar Award 2014.

The Age of Kings is dead... and I have killed it.

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 greedy scrambling for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces.

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.

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...

"Promise of Blood is a hugely promising debut. Guns, swords, and magic together? What more could you want? How about tense action, memorable characters, rising stakes, and cool, cool magic? Not only the finest flintlock fantasy I've read, but also the most fun. Brian McClellan is the real thing." - Brent Weeks

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Release date: April 11, 2013
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy
Tags: david gemmell award
Average rating: 8.70/10
Total ratings: 10
Updated: August 22, 2021

The Powder Mage Trilogy :: Series

Belongs to the series The Powder Mage Universe

Promise of Blood (The Powder Mage Trilogy #1)8.70
The Crimson Campaign (The Powder Mage Trilogy #2)8.16
The Autumn Republic (The Powder Mage Trilogy #3)8.66


10/10 |
October 05, 2016
Wow. What a tense, action-packed, intrigue-filled, story! While not without its (few) flaws, Promise of Blood is an extraordinary debut. So much about it was epic: revolution, religion, magic, world-building, family issues, addiction issues, ...