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The Powder Mage, Book 2
Narrated by: Christian Rodska
Series: The Powder Mage Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
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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

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Great book!

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.

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amazing book.

it was awesome. the book should be converted into a movie or show. the story and performance was amazing

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Action packed

The author builds the suspense beautifully. The characters have more colour than the else. highly recommended.

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  • Sam
  • 14-02-2019

Amazing

This is one of those series that you just can’t stop listening to. Highly recommend.

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Disappointing

A very disappointing book.

Amazingly stupid and one dimensional characters, especially for those who are supposed to be geniuses. All actions taken by characters are there to fit the lacklustre plot rather than making sense for that characters motive or personality.

The first book was more forgivable, with a sense of unknown powers and revelation of the world.

The narrator has forgotten the voices he used for characters in book 1 and used different voices for them, which seems exceptionally lazy.

I made it half way though and it's going to be the first book I haven't finished in 5 years.

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Looking for more!

Thoroughly enjoyed book 2 of The Powder Mage trilogy. An intriguing story beautifully narrated. Hoping book 3 comes soon. I highly recommend this series.

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  • Björn Bräse
  • 15-03-2017

Wonderful Read

Well worth reading/listening to. Great story and the speaker has fun reading it to the listener.

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  • Robyn
  • 18-10-2014

Excellent

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!

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  • Thomas
  • 10-09-2016

outstanding

amazing story best middle book in a trilogy I have read greatly looking forward to the conclusive final novel

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  • Christopher
  • 27-06-2014

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.

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  • Ric
  • 13-08-2019

Brilliant fantasy, brilliantly performed.

A brilliant and fun series that is performed brilliantly, seriously I'm not sure what else to say.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-01-2019

Character voices were shocking

Great story but terrible narration. The 20 year old cocky characters sounded like 90 year old frail pensioners the accents used made no sense with people from the same city sounding German Geordie and scouse. Then the invading foreign army half sounded Spanish and half welsh absolutely ruined the book for me


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  • Bobby Bawbaggins
  • 28-10-2018

Enjoyable

This is a great continuation of the powder mage series. Interesting characters and quite a quick moving plot. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Daniel St Clair
  • 21-10-2018

Christian Rodska needs to keep voices consistent!

love the series, my only criticism is that Christian changes accents and how the same character sounds between the books. makes following the characters between stories more difficult than it should be.

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  • Nick Wright
  • 17-02-2018

amazing

Great from start to finish. amazing series! can't wait to listen to the 3rd book.

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  • Chris Green
  • 06-12-2017

Sharpe meets Lord of the Rings.

Epic character driven stories with grizzly battles and political drama. its four everything you could want.

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  • Jesper Hauerslev
  • 05-11-2017

A bad day for powder mages...

... but a great day for the reader. Things go from very bad to heck of a lot worse within the first few chapters and Tamas, Taniel and all the others face some very dark times indeed, all wrapped up in superbly written story that balances all its characters and subplots brilliantly,setting up for what promises to be a very explosive finale in Book 3. Christian Rodska also delivers an amazing performance, weaving effortlessly in and out of every characters tone, accent, dialect and vocal mannerisms. Glad to hear he changed the "voice" of Tamas so it no longer has the slurry drooling Churchill-like tone of the first book. A most entertaining listen from start to finish.