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Brian McClellan (1) (1986–)

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Verk av Brian McClellan

Promise of Blood (2013) 1,783 exemplar
The Crimson Campaign (2014) 809 exemplar
The Autumn Republic (2015) 677 exemplar
Sins of Empire (2017) 568 exemplar
Wrath of Empire (2018) 345 exemplar
Blood of Empire (2019) 227 exemplar
In the Shadow of Lightning (2022) 192 exemplar
Uncanny Collateral (2019) 121 exemplar
Forsworn (2014) 101 exemplar
Servant of the Crown (2014) 88 exemplar
Murder at the Kinnen Hotel (2014) 83 exemplar
The Girl of Hrusch Avenue (2013) 68 exemplar
In the Field Marshal's Shadow (2015) 63 exemplar
Hope's End (2013) 62 exemplar
War Cry (2018) 61 exemplar

Associerade verk

Unbound (2015) — Bidragsgivare — 101 exemplar
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #140 — Bidragsgivare — 3 exemplar


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Alek Fitz is a reaper who collects on overdue debts and extracts payment for a variety of employers, from the Lords of Hell to even completing a jobs for the Tooth Fairy. Death hires Alex to solve the problem of tracking down stolen property. Consequences for not completing this job are high and the clock on the is ticking.

Uncanny Collateral is the first in the Valkyrie Collections by Brian McClellan. It is a series of novellas currently. With so few pages there is just enough world building to get a sense of our characters and setting to kick off the fast paced plot. I like the world that we're introduced to. The main character, Alek, is an anti-hero of sorts and his partner Maggie is a trapped djinni. They have a great working relationship as they balancie each other out well. The story is wrapped up nicely and there's a good hook for the second book.… (mer)
Narilka | 5 andra recensioner | Jan 1, 2024 |
McClellan is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I really wish I would have read these books before the 2nd trilogy instead of after, but they were still amazing. I think Borbador is my favorite character from this trilogy. This series did leave me very confused about Taniel's relationship with Ka-Poel, because it seemed completely different in the 2nd trilogy.

If you're looking for magic, political intrigue, action, and real characters you could easily do worse than this series. Bonus - the narrator is excellent!… (mer)
ragwaine | 25 andra recensioner | Dec 17, 2023 |
Some stories are just like that - good plot, interesting world, intense characters but... all is done through so many little buggery things that I end up with very mixed feelings overall. There is no clear line between “bad” and “good” writing/storytelling for me here. All of it tightly woven together.
WorkLastDay | 63 andra recensioner | Dec 17, 2023 |
Book 2 of the trilogy commences with Field Marshall Tamas and two of his divisions setting up an attack on the Kez army who are assaulting Budweil, a town that controls one of the entry points into Adro, and then being cut off when the enemy use their new weapon: Powder Mages who have been warped into Wardens, the mindless killing machines which the Kez use as terror troops. Tamas and his army must now march through hostile territory, tracked and outnumbered by the enemy's cavalry, for many miles to get back into Adro and battle the threats now facing it, which escalate during the book.

Meanwhile Tamas' son Taniel has recovered from the coma into which he succumbed following his shooting of the apparent god Kresimir in book 1, but has crawled off to the local equivalent of an opium den. And when the "savage" sorceress Ka-Poel forces him to dry out, he then lurches from one crisis to another due to alienating a particular general in the army who it seems is enriching herself and her sister by selling army supplies, and may be an actual traitor. (Though in a time of war, any military person doing that would likely be shot - she is robbing the army of critical supplies such as gunpowder.) Inspector Adamat also has his own problems, trying to recover his wife and son who have been kidnapped by Vetas, a villain who appeared in book 1 and who may be working for the Kez or another, as yet undisclosed, enemy.

The problem I found with this book is that there is no light and shade or change of pace to act as an opportunity to take a breath. Peril piles upon peril. Characters are not really developed - I find them all pretty much cardboard cutouts. Some do eventually become important after coasting for book 1 and most of book 2 - Nila is the big example of this, and the startling revelation about her is sprung on the reader without any foreshadowing whatsoever. (Yes, it should be a surprise but the reader should also have the satisfaction of realising that the clues were there all along.)

Events happen in this series to rack up the tension, rather than because they make sense, are an understandable development of something that happened before, or are ever explained (the sudden appearance of dozens of cave lions in book 1 is a case in point). Characters become important temporarily, such as the Prime character in book 1, and are then dropped. Some are never heard of again, such as the female wizard who killed so many of Tamas' Powder Mages in book 1, caused havoc by fighting a duel with her rival Julene, and then promptly left.

The concept of flintlock magic is a great idea, but it is diluted by having so many rival systems of magic - Powder mages, Privileged and the bone magic of Ka-Poel, plus the more minor 'talents' possessed by people referred to as Knacked. This leads to a huge number of practitioners of the different systems, and additional ones too: Prime, Julene and the other woman whose name I don't recall are all some higher type of long-lived Privileged who form a fourth category of magic user since they are almost unstoppable even by powerful Privileged such as Taniel's friend Bo. And even more powerful than them are the gods such as Kresimir.

I found the sequences disturbing and unnecessary where a female character threatens to have another woman raped by a squad of convict types to teach a lesson to a man who is perceived to 'own' her and then actually arranges for it to happen - there are such women in real life but this character isn't portrayed as a sociopath, just as someone who is making money dishonestly from her position. Her vendetta against Taniel seems transparently personal to an extent that it becomes unbelievable that she could get away with hanging the son of the Field Marshal, even if the latter is supposedly dead, especially as Taniel is an acclaimed war hero among most of the army and also the public at large. And the constant racism and misogyny against Ka-poel is pretty wearing though maybe that is intentional, but it seems an irrational way to behave towards someone who has shown herself pretty useful in destroying the enemy. A more believable way for the other characters to behave would be for them to treat Ka-Poel as an honorary/token acceptable person while still retaining their racist/misogynistic attitudes towards others.

Given all these reservations, I can only rate this as a sold 3-star read but not a keeper.
… (mer)
kitsune_reader | 23 andra recensioner | Nov 23, 2023 |



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Michael Frost Cover artist
Gene Mollica Cover artist
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