Promise of Blood (Powder Mage Trilogy #1)

Promise of Blood (Powder Mage Trilogy #1)

by Brian McClellan
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Promise of Blood 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
llamawalker More than 1 year ago
I am not an avid reader of the fantasy genre by any means, and in fact my wife picked the book up for me. I read the back cover and it sounded interesting so I started reading the book. What a great story! I thought the descriptions painted a very clear picture of the world of the Nine Kingdoms without bogging down the story and the maps in the front of the book were an excellent addition. I thought the characters were well developed and I felt that I really got to know them by the end of the book. The ideas put forth were unique and the different kinds of magic used by the characters was easy to understand even for someone not used to reading fantasy books. The story itself builds and builds, there are twists and mysteries, and in the end you are definately wanting more. I can't wait for the second book of the trilogy! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a truly good story. I wouldn't be surprised if this book was made into a movie or tv mini-series. To Brian McClellan, the author, I say well done........GREAT first book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a voracious reader, primarily within both fantasy and sci-fi genres, it is not an exaggeration when I say that i've literally read houndreds of novels over the last forty years. Over that span I've read someaz amazing stories that are the pinnacle of their genres; unfortunately novels of that calibre are too far and inbetween. There are many more that are disgraces - some so bad that I actually get mad that they were published, and that I had the misfortune of being exposed to their tripe. The vast majority of them fell somewhere inbetween - basically readable, but wholly forgettable. Overall I find most fantasy novels follow the same basic, boring plot, usually with one or two literary cheap tricks that allows the author to convince himself that his novel is different. It is rare to find a fantasy, or fantasy/sci-fi blend, that brings something new, fresh, and fully realized into the genre; finding a first novel from a new author that does this is truly rare indeed. So it was a true joy to find this first novel that completely exceeded my expectations. The absolute best of these high caliber, outstanding novels smoothly pull the reader into their mileu ins such a way that reading them is not only effortless, they immerse the reader in such a way that it feels more like you're watching a movie that is playing in your head, rather than reading words on a page. This first installment of McClellan's Powder Sage Trilogy not only delivers in such a way, it does so in spades. I'm not going to provide a detailed synopsis - this has already been done by other reviewers, and it has been done very well. Instead I simply wanted to add my voice to the (nearly) unanimous chorus of praises from the other reviewers. Simply put, if you're a fantasy/sci-fi fan, you owe it to yourself to get this novel immediately; and if you're just someone who likes to read a well-told story, I promise you that you can't go wrong picking it up as well. Who knows? This is the type of novel that just may turn you into a fantasy/sci-fi fan as well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must have for any reader of action, fantasy, mystery, or military fiction. Don't cheat yourself, get this series. I started with this book, first in a page ripping series and have since read all of the author's work I can find. I'm anxiously waiting for his newest book to to be released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never been a big reader of fantasy at all but my friend gave me this book and when I first read the back of the book it did not look interesting at all.  I took a chance at it and read the first few pages and within 5 pages I was hooked.  Now that I finished the book I can honestly say it was one of the BEST books I ever read it has a story line of limitless possibility's with surprises around ever corner. There was not a moment in the book that I was bored. In the story you get to know every character and be interested in every detail of there life and if one of them dies its like losing a friend. In this book there is not a simple enemy and good guys because all sides are fighting for what they believe in and you truly don't know what side is better when it comes to all out war It throws together civil war era technology, magic and mid-evil monarchy kingdoms.  It is a great book and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking for a new kind of book to read or if your interested in fantasy's YOU NEED THIS BOOK!!!
Falkor552 More than 1 year ago
I haven't even finished this book yet and I've already bought the next in the series. The characters are well developed without giving to much away to quickly, and the writing is strong overall. It has also been refreshing to read a book in this genre with new ideas that I haven't seen before (or at least have not been overdone).
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Well written with dynamic characters. Great action and a well thought out new magical world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed game of thrones, this a great way to pass time waiting for George Martin to finish his book. Great story. Bought book 2 and ordered book 3 before i finished the first. Read all three books on vacation and was impressed. Hope a book 4 is in the works!
RisaTea More than 1 year ago
I haven't read an actual book for about three years, since none could catch my interest. they all seemed a little repetitive and uninteresting. But I continually go search for books that will catch my eye in the fantasy section. I happened upon this, and after reading the back decided to give it a try. Blood? usperation? gods and magic with GUNS? I was intrigued to say the least. Buying this book was one of the best purchases I've made in a while. It was amazing. I couldn't put it down. I swear you not, this is an amazing read. It was captivating and the pace was good. all the characters were relatable and well fleshed out...I was so completely impressed. I incorporated all my favorite genres: fantasy, war, mystery, and some minor romance. Over all I give this book a 10/10 and highly recommend to anyone.
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Interesting use if magic. Cannot wait to read more about this world.
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