Friday 29 July 2022

Promise of blood by Brian McClellan


Series: Powder Mage (#1)

Format: 545 pages, Hardcover

Published: April 16, 2013 by Orbit

Fantasy /own

This was a re'read. I read and loved it, but the thing is I borrowed them from the library! And I always just wanted to own them cos they were so good! But knowing me I only bought book 1 now. I was afraid that I would not like it anymore. But hey, I still loved it! Damn, now I need book 2 and 3 stat!

This is military fantasy and it is so good. It starts with a coup. Tamas, an old general has taken over the palace and there has been a bloodbath. But Tamas just wants to help his people.

Then there is Taniel, his son, a powder mage, who is sent after someone with power, someone who managed to escape.

And last, Adamat, an investigator, who is given the task of figuring out a few things.

Power struggles, war brewing and are the gods coming back? I know I know what happened, but I need that second book!

Great fantasy series

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.

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?


  1. Yea! So glad it held up over time. Tell the family you want the next two books for gifts! :-)

    1. Lol, I need them now! Might have to order books in August

  2. I haven't read this but it sounds really good. I love the cover.

  3. I love that you enjoyed it as much the second time around...wonderful review!

  4. Well nothing better than a reread that works out really well and buying it as well.

  5. I don't often re-read. Should do it more... I've had this for long time but still haven't read it. But I did read his new book which I liked so need to read this too.

    1. I just got the urge to buy it and I did and yes!

  6. I don't remember the last time I read a military fantasy...I think the last one I read was a bust so I have been a little hesitant. So I'll put this as on my TBR



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