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Brian McClellan (1) (1986–)

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Tekijän teokset

Promise of Blood (2013) 1,819 kappaletta
The Crimson Campaign (2014) 832 kappaletta
The Autumn Republic (2015) 696 kappaletta
Sins of Empire (2017) 579 kappaletta
Wrath of Empire (2018) 356 kappaletta
Blood of Empire (2019) 233 kappaletta
In the Shadow of Lightning (2022) 200 kappaletta
Uncanny Collateral (2019) 123 kappaletta
Forsworn (2014) 102 kappaletta
Servant of the Crown (2014) 89 kappaletta
Murder at the Kinnen Hotel (2014) 83 kappaletta
The Girl of Hrusch Avenue (2013) 70 kappaletta
In the Field Marshal's Shadow (2015) 65 kappaletta
Hope's End (2013) 63 kappaletta
War Cry (2018) 62 kappaletta

Associated Works

Unbound (2015) — Avustaja — 103 kappaletta
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #140 — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta

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The Power Mage trilogy is set of books that I've had on my to-read list for a while. Given that I managed to finish Promise of Blood in a week, I would say it was certainly a great read, and there's a lot to like about it.

The setting was one of the things that first brought the series to my attention. Having not read any 'flintlock' fantasy before, and also having a historical interest in the Napoleonic period, I was quite drawn to the backdrop of revolutionary and early-industrial warfare and politics, and I was very intrigued as to how the fantasy genre would fit into this kind of premise. Brian McClellan implements this very well, and I felt he balanced all the various aspects of Adro and its society solidly, weaving together the various branches of the military, the church, the nobles, the merchants, the underground and the people to form quite a vivid and convincing world. Both the battle scenes as well as the clandestine operations are dramatically portrayed, and the direct prose keeps the storytelling focussed and easy to follow.

I noticed that many people seemed to have issues around the pacing. This didn't really impact my enjoyment of the book, as I thought the ebb and flow of the plot was relatively organic, and the movement between the different POVs not only provided good coverage of the overall direction of the story, but also kept me engaged with the various events that were happening on both a micro and macro level. There were a few occasions where the occurrence of multiple perspectives within the same chapter was a little disconcerting, but I did not feel like the progression of the plot stumbled as a result.

The main element of Promise of Blood which did not quite work for me was the magic systems, or rather the magic systems. Like most others have expressed, the concept of powder mages and the way that their abilities work is ingenious and cleverly thought out, and I enjoyed seeing Tamas and Taniel bring their skills to bear the various scenarios, as well as the different talents exhibited amongst the powder mages. However, the magic of the Privileged was rather less satisfactory to me, especially as it was never clear what any of them was really capable of doing or how their magic worked beyond the twiddling of some fingers. I'm not sure whether this is due to the fact that the reader never gets the viewpoint of a Privileged, or whether this remains something to be fleshed out in the remaining books, but the result is that it feels like McClellan couldn't quite decide whether it should be a 'hard' or a 'soft' system and it doesn't really work as either. Similarly, the Knacked also feel a bit like skills that the author wanted certain characters to have, but didn't quite fit within the other forms of magic, so were lumped into a catchall without any real definition. Combine this with the power of potential deities and you are left with quite the confusing conglomeration.

All in all, it must be noted that this is the first novel in trilogy, and a debut novel no less. With this in mind, I found Promise of Blood a very compelling read and was thoroughly impressed with what Brian McClellan has brought to the table. Now to see what the next course entails.
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XavierDragnesi | 66 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 31, 2024 |
Not sure why I didn't write a review for this one. I did love it.
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ragwaine | 13 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 15, 2024 |
The audio was brilliantly read and was invaluable as the synch'd companion to the ebook.

My meager vocabulary probably can't compete with any of the superlatives already written. It was just plain, freaking fantastic. Epic fantasy at its best. On to Book 2!
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jazzbird61 | 66 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 29, 2024 |
I'm scared to start Book #3 because I don't want this story to end. Loving it!
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jazzbird61 | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 29, 2024 |



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