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Promise of Blood (The Powder Mage Trilogy, 1) (utgåvan 2013)

av Brian McClellan (Författare)

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"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 greedy scrambling for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces. 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. 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"--Provided by publisher.… (mer)
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Titel:Promise of Blood (The Powder Mage Trilogy, 1)
Författare:Brian McClellan (Författare)
Info:Orbit (2013), Edition: First Edition, 560 pages
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This book is just ridiculous in so many ways.

The main plot is that Field Marshal Tamas, the highest-ranked member of the Adom military, has overthrown the king and literally a thousand other nobles to prevent the signing of a treaty that would effectively enslave them to a neighboring country. While I get it, it's pretty brutal.

I mean, the entire book is pretty brutal -- the magic system from the leads' POV is entirely about guns and other gunpowder-based weapons. It's very multi-faceted, but in summary, there are the Privileged, who are your traditional sorcerers, the Knacked, who have specific abilities such as being able to go without sleep, and the Marked (or the powder mages), who can perform feats such as igniting gunpowder from a distance and steering a bullet mid-flight. The Marked can also use gunpowder (or essentially cocaine, because that's pretty much how I read it every time in this particular context) to enhance their senses; Tamas's son Taniel can shoot two targets at once from a mile away when he's on enough powder (okay, seriously, it's literally cocaine).

So that's one third of the plot. The other two center around Adamat, a former investigator who's hired by Tamas to find a traitor trying to stop Tamas's rebellion. He also kicks off the last third, focused on Taniel attempting to stop what may be the resurrection of a long-dead god...

Anyway. I finished this in about 48 hours, with almost every spare bit of time I had outside of holiday parties. It runs at a breakneck pace the whole way through, and as much reservation I had about the coup in the beginning, I couldn't get enough of Tamas and Taniel. Thank god I'm only reading this now, after the sequels are already out, because I don't know if I could stand waiting a year for the next one.

Also apparently Brian McClellan lives in Cleveland, so there's a strong risk of me fangirling if I ever run into him. ( )
  katie.kloss | Apr 25, 2021 |
Well written and fast paced. I didn't want to stop listening. Looking forward to the rest of this series. ( )
  Saraishelafs | Nov 4, 2020 |
My first reaction when I finished this book: Imagine Brent Weeks had channeled Brandon Sanderson and you're halfway to knowing what kind of book this is going to be. McClellan has developed a magic system that is very reminiscent of allomancy - powder mages snort or consume gunpowder much like a cocaine addict, endowing them with powers physical and metaphysical. We also see magic in the more traditional sense (hand waving wizardry so to speak), Knacks (people with one off powers, X-menish but without the flair), all resting in a world we can almost recognize as being modeled after late 18th/early 19th century Europe. And like so many books I've stumbled into recently, a B plot centered around religion and gods.

The initial hook for this book is the calling in of a retired investigator to solve a riddle left by a dead sorcerer at the end of the coup that brought down the King, spiraling out from there to include rogue magi, betrayal among the coup's conspirators, and a civil war. Good stuff, to say the least, and where McClellan might be faulted for a lack of depth, he more than makes up for by keeping the novel at a brisk and relentless pace that hurtles the reader to the conclusion of the first volume far too quickly. A little cliche, but a lot of fun to read, and yet another author/series to add to the queue. ( )
  kodermike | Jul 31, 2020 |
I've been hearing a lot of good things about this book and while I was somewhat skeptical at first, I am quite pleased to announce that it was delightful. :)

Delightful as in lots of blood and guts, gun-mages, sorcerers, revolution, plain war, resurrected gods, a very sneaky Chef and a fantastic investigation that's all gumshoe mystery in a fully-realized fantasy realm.

What makes this stand out, though?

I think it's mostly the characters, the bright pacing, and the magic system.

A lot of these epic fantasies get bogged down with too many characters, IMHO, but this one keeps a great balance with three PoV's, truly interesting storylines for each, and a few that are sufficiently non-standard that it was just a breath of fresh air. I mean, where else are we going to get octogenarian generals in the forefront of a big action tale and pull it off well enough that it's exciting and crusty and never boring? I tell you, it's a treat! Or an investigator who used to run a printing press being pressed into service as an investigator again for the revolution? :) Good stuff.

But what really stuck in my mind was the writing. I may be wrong about this little intuition, but there were enough stylistic callbacks in this novel to make me think I was reading some of Brent Weeks. Not only that... but some of the naming choices seemed to be a loving shout-out to Weeks as well. I was tickled pink. Again, I may be wrong about this, but I don't think I am.

I'm putting this series on a "must grab" status in my mind. It reads quickly and deliciously and it was never a chore. It's a long book, to be sure, but it was still never a chore. I can't wait to see what the gods are going to do to us poor mortals. :)


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  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
There were a few minor hiccups, but a great start to a series that I will definitely continue reading. ( )
  thePatWalker | Feb 10, 2020 |
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"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 greedy scrambling for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces. 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. 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"--Provided by publisher.

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