The hounds at our heels will soon know we are lions. Tamas's invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counter-offensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god.
In Adro, Inspector Adamat only wants to rescue his wife. To do so he must track down and confront the evil Lord Vetas. He has questions for Vetas concerning his enigmatic master, but the answers might come too quickly. With Tamas and his powder cabal presumed dead, Taniel Two-shot finds himself alongside the god Mihali as the last line of defence against Kresimir's advancing army.
Tamas's generals bicker among themselves, the brigades lose ground every day beneath the Kez onslaught and Kresimir wants the head of the man who shot him in the eye.
©2014 Brian McClellan (P)2014 Hachette Audio UK
Fantasy: Be it high, dark, gritty or epic! Also autobiographies, biographies and Harry Potter. So many books - so little time!
I enjoyed this book a lot.
Fast moving pace, the return of favorite characters and schemes and plots. My favorite charcter is Ka-pol with her sorcery. I'd love a book about her.
Keen for book 3.
Once again Christian Rodska is fantastic with his narration.
Thoroughly enjoyed book 2 of The Powder Mage trilogy. An intriguing story beautifully narrated. Hoping book 3 comes soon. I highly recommend this series.
Yet another trilogy where I am left hanging in anticipation of book 3.
And another author whose name I will search on regularly for new books....
Action, clever magic / mystery, great characters..... well narrated. What's not to like. Ticked all my usual boxes.
If you're a fan of "epic fantasy", whilst not quite as "epic" as a Sanderson or an Abercrombie, it's still up there with the good ones!
"An author to watch out for"
Even better than the first novel – Brian McClellan has just become one of my favourite authors
Story – 5/5
A much better story than the first and I absolutely loved it. The character development was excellent, which I thought it lacked in the first novel. I found myself caring for what happened to certain characters. There was a small amount of believable romance/love, some characters personalities were changing due to the battles they faced and how hey felt about them and all character plot arcs were extremely likeable. It was also enhanced by a strong wit that was coming from Brian McClellan through some of the characters, which had me laughing out loud a couple of times.
The action is where this series really stands out though. The entire book is packed with more powder mage/privileged fights and epic battles than one could possibly hope for. If military or action based fantasy is your bag, then the Powder Mage trilogy is a must for you. It is not just mindless action though; the politics and story plot that sit behind them are also superb, with plenty of surprises swinging you back and forth. I wasn’t bored for a single minute of the story, and it didn’t take me long at all to finish this audiobook.
Brian McClellan may be Brandon Sanderson’s student, but I feel like he has got plenty of his own styles and techniques and he has separated this link further through this sequel. It sounds funny, but hearing characters in tight spots actually swearing, and having quite graphic violence, adds to the grittiness and realism in the world, which I feel Brandon sometimes lacks.
Performance – 4.5/5
As with the first novel, Christian Rodska is a superb Narrator. His story telling was extremely smooth, and allowed for the story to be easily followed, even given its complex and fast paced plot.
His voice acting was flawless, each character having their own distinctive voice which matched their personalities very nicely. I would rate this performance near the top along with Steven Pacey, Michael Kramer and Rupert Degas.
Overall – 5/5
amazing story best middle book in a trilogy I have read greatly looking forward to the conclusive final novel
"One of the better middle books of a trilogy"
Taniel becomes the unlikely hero in this great second book in the trilogy. The development of him as a person, coming out of his father's shadow is rewarding. Also, Tamas' infallibility falters as a series of bad decisions leave him in a tight spot.
Good character development of many of the more peripheral characters and of some of the sideline stories. I found Adamat's quest somewhat boring but I realise that this is the long game and that what happens is critical to the plot
Well narrated with consistent character voices which I find very important.
"Excellent end to a great trilogy"
Characters were likeable, convincing and enjoyable religious and magic systems, and plenty of action and twists! This trilogy is only second in my mind to The Storm Light Archive by Brandon Sanderson!
"Please judge this book by its cover!"
Plenty of action. After setting up all the characters and story arcs in the first book, McClellan dives straight into the story and it never really lets up. A very worthy sequel to McClellan's Promise of Blood.
The books littered with memorable moments. But in a plot spoiler kind of way, so I just want the book to unroll in front of the reader.
The ambush of the Kez.
No spoilers from me. There are moments of tenderness in the maelstrom of war but I'll leave them for the reader to find.
A very good sequel to The Promise of Blood, it ties up plenty of loose ends left by the first book, whilst beginning to weave more story lines for the final book. Fast paced, read, well worth a credit!
"Better than the first, the Powder Mage Series"
The follow up to Promise of Blood. This book is a massive improvement over the first book. Not only does the story flow at a good speed, but the story elements themselves are enjoyable to read.
The world is fleshing out nicely, some of the characters from the first book, who seemed to have very minor parts, have been fleshed out a lot more. The primary characters are explored a lot deeper - looking and exposing their characters flaws a lot more.
The audiobook was produced to the same high standard that is expected these days.
Hopefully Brian McClellan will produce a few more short stories to keep his fans happy until the next book comes out.
"Four and a half stars"
Clever, captivating, Ka-Poel
I'm not doing spoilers so I'll say
The book has lots of bits like this
“You missed the morning’s festivities,” Bo said to Adamat. “You call torturing a man ‘festivities’?” Adamat asked. “I’m not a good person,” Bo said.”
And I like bits that make me chuckle while driving to work
I think his voice for Tamas is spot on.
But ka-poel is very intriguing and is my fave
Yes the characters are interesting enough that their personality contains sarcasm and wit.
Better than the first book and I'm looking forward to the next.
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