Promise Of Blood by Brian McclellanPromise Of Blood by Brian Mcclellan

Promise Of Blood

byBrian Mcclellan

Paperback | April 8, 2014

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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.

It's up to a few...
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? PROMISE OF BLOOD is the start of a new epic fantasy series from Brian McClellan.
Winner of the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut Fantasy.
Brian McClellan is an American epic fantasy author from Cleveland, Ohio. He is known for his acclaimed Powder Mage Universe and essays on the life and business of being a writer.Brian now lives on the side of a mountain in Utah with his wife, Michele, where he writes books and nurses a crippling video game addiction.
Title:Promise Of BloodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 8.26 × 5.5 × 1.62 inPublished:April 8, 2014Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316219045

ISBN - 13:9780316219044

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent Read I really wanted to enjoy this one as it got great reviews from 2 of my favorite authors (Brent Weeks and Brandon Sanderson). And I did, just not as much as I had hoped to. I liked the story line overall, the world-building and premise of magic useage is really interesting. You only really get to know a handful of characters closely but each seemed fairly well defined and unique from the others. I just kept finding myself waiting for the story to pick up the pace. Like, I realized at one point I was just over half way through the book and still felt like I was working through the introductory phase. I devoured it in massive chunks too so it's not like I was dragging out my reading time and getting a false sense of progression because of that. I am hoping that this book was simply a lead up to the real "meat and potatoes" that this series has so much potential to develop into. I will for sure be picking up the second one and would simply caution anyone who is thinking of trying this novel out to that the book is long and leaves a TON of loose ends.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it, couldn't put this book down! I picked up this book based on a search for similar authors to Brandon Sanderson. I was not disappointed. I love the use of magic mixed with technology (muskets, guns, etc.). Amazing story, great characters. They also have spin off Novellas that are great additions!!
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different & Entertaining! While it took me a while to understand some of the nuances of the different magical abilities, once the story grabbed me I was definitely interested. Tamas's character is intriguing as is Taniel...definitely will read the other two in the Trilogy.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't. The world and the magic are interesting (well, the elemental magic is cliche but the gunpowder magic was fresh and exciting). But the characters were terrible. This book was extremely misogynistic--the female characters were cardboard cutouts, and the males treated them like meat. I don't think a female character was introduced without a reference to her level of attractiveness. There are so many better fantasy novels out there, this one adds nothing to the genre.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Flintlock Fantasy McClellan is a student of Brandon Sanderson, and at times you can tell.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Start, Limped to Finish Promise of Blood was good but the last half of the book left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. I loved the first half. The world, characters and magic are all very interesting. My biggest beef is that the plot twists weren't all that plausible in the second half. Quite often I was thinking - "Really? Does that make sense?" It felt like the author could just write anything down the stretch to make whatever he wanted happen. I know it's fantasy but it's not a Scooby Doo episode. The two main characters Tamas and Taniel also had 9 lives. While I don't think the author needed to go all George Martin on them, the inability of the bad guys to kill them off when they could felt amateurish. It bugged me a bit, especially since I really enjoyed a lot of the book. I do plan on reading the next one but for now the score would have to be a 3.5 (or 4 max) out of 5.
Date published: 2015-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy at it's best Amazingly well written. The series overall has been good so far. Perfect for anyone interested in musket and-or magic.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantasy at it's best This book is a very good read. The characters are interesting and complex. The magic is a bit different from what I have read before and the plot is okay. The only thing that I found disappointing was that I had read the short story about the characters in a period prior to the setting of the book and liked them. When this book starts the characters are 8-10 years older and changed quite a bit in my opinion. I had a bit of a dislike for the changes to overcome.
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy at it's best This book was really entertaining. I loved the world Brian McClellan created and the different characters that were very engrossing. The writing style revolves around a few main characters and their perspectives and each were entertaining to read. There were plenty of characters and different story lines and all were great. Based on the title and description I knew there would be plenty of violence and blood, but it was not as gory as I had anticipated--which isn't a bad thing. Not to say there weren't moments that were particularly gruesome, however, McClellan was able to mix just the right amount of violence and bloodshed without overdoing it in my opinion. I especially enjoyed his incorporation of Gods and their involvement in the world. Lastly, I liked the way each storyline intersected with one another and also how the chapters, and subsequently the characters, flowed with one another. I will definitely be picking up the second book in the series when it is released!
Date published: 2014-01-23

Editorial Reviews

"Brings a welcome breath of gunpowder-tinged air to epic fantasy."-Anthony Ryan