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Promise of Blood
Promise of Blood | Brian McClellan
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.
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Therewillbebooks
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If I‘m being honest, (and I usually am) the cover is what drew me to this one. A haggard soldier, beaten and bloodied sitting on a throne, musket in hand. It looks cool and I like that sort of thing. Can‘t say that I‘m disappointed either. Fast-paced and enthralling. Looking forward to the next one.

#fantasy #historicalfantasy #septemberreads

Ruthiella Sometimes you CAN judge a book by its cover! 😀 1y
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Therewillbebooks
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Got a good #libraryhaul! I have other stuff that I should be reading but the mood struck me and I got a bit carried away. I regret nothing.

#bookhaul #library #podcast

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Deifio
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Andrew65 I like the look of these! 1y
Deifio @Andrew65 I love the cover art and the books themselves are really cool. There's also a sequel trilogy out, bit I haven't read that yet 1y
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PaulaNovotna
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I really enjoyed the Promise of Blood... a lot! It felt like a cross between Mistborn and Draconis Memoria which are some of my favourite fantasy series. The story was fast paced with many POV's being told. The magic system is fun, fitting it's surroundings; getting high on gunpowder just sounds crazy and pretty epic at the same time.

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MsMelissa
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Brian McClellan‘s Powder Mage trilogy is absolutely amazing, and I can‘t believe it doesn‘t get more love on Litsy (or in general). It‘s definitely a #Top20 series for me. Read it!

#20series20days

Andrew65 Not heard of this one. 1y
Lucy_Anywhere Great pick! I‘m loving this #20series20days challenge as it‘s reminding me of series I‘d forgotten all about, like this one 1y
MsMelissa @Lucy_Anywhere have you read his most recent trilogy? I didn‘t like it quite as much as powder mage, but it was still really good. 1y
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MsMelissa @Andrew65 I recommend it highly 😊 1y
FantasyChick I haven't heard of this one but it looks interesting. Going to have to stack this one! 1y
MsMelissa @FantasyChick the characters in this one are amazing. 1y
Lucy_Anywhere Is it Sins of Empire? I have the first book but haven‘t got around to reading it yet 1y
TrishB Think I stacked from last time you discussed. 1y
Andrew65 @Book_Fiend_Melissa That‘s enough for me. 😊 1y
MsMelissa @TrishB yes, I remember discussing the series with you and you said you‘d read once you get back into fantasy 😊 1y
MsMelissa @Lucy_Anywhere it is. I am hoping he goes back to this world one day in a new series. 1y
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annkuch13
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Have a messy #shelfie

Twainy I have so many of those books 💕 2y
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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#FebruaryFeels #WarIsHell

Fantastic flintlock/military/fantasy!

I mean...they snort gunpowder like cocain to gain special abilities like bending bullets or sniping from impossible distances. That's pretty badass.

The characters are engaging & the action is ri-friggen-diculous! There's also a 2nd trilogy after this one that is already complete called, God's of Blood & Powder. Haven't read it yet - waiting for the 3rd book to drop in TPB.

@Eggs

EchoLogical My husband just started the second trilogy and. I‘m over here like “you‘re welcome” because I convinced him to start the first. 😎 Lol 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @EchoLogical Haha! Well done. 👏👏 I'm really excited for the 2nd trilogy. It'll be a summer read for me this year. ❤️ 2y
Eggs Unequivocally badass 📚👏🏻 2y
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Chrys Did you get the #sfmbc package I sent? 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Chrys I certainly did! I didn't make a specific post about it but I'm pretty certain I tagged you thanking you somewhere a few weeks back! I'm so sorry if you didn't see it! So to make up for it - thanks again so much! ❤️🤘❤️ 2y
Chrys No problem, I don‘t see anything in my tags, don‘t know what happened. Just glad it made it and you‘re welcome 2y
AJackets There is another series in progress called The Midnight Front and it is a stack rec at my job. Essentially it is world war 2 as seen from a group of trained mages.... Pretty sweet! 2y
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Rambo_Reads
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Beach reads 🌞😎🏖

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 2y
Deifio I'm reading the third book in the series at the moment. Hope you like the first book and continue on! I'm really enjoying the series 💖 2y
Rambo_Reads @Deifio yup really liked the first one - defo will continue with it 👍 2y
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Rambo_Reads
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The book that's been fuelling my roadtrip! I've never really got the whole magic with guns thing before but there's so much more going on here.

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Rambo_Reads
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Perfect opportunity to show off my new favourite tshirt 😁
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Rambo_Reads
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Roadtrip reading!

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Rambo_Reads
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My current library checkouts. Clearly it's all about fantasy at the moment.

#fantasy #yafantasy

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KtheBookwyrm
Promise of Blood | Brian McClellan
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Out of the small handful of women mentioned in the first 100 pages, 2 fainted at the sight of a guillotine, one is repeatedly referred to as “the savage” to her face, and another is unable to act logically or be a productive member of a team because “I‘m way better than you idiot, I don‘t even need your help!” despite clearly not having a handle on the situation. Ugh. I expect better.

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KtheBookwyrm
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Started this a couple days ago and I‘m on the fence about it. The story seems interesting enough I suppose but the treatment of women is really starting to grate on my nerves. Nearly 100 pages in at this point and thinking I‘ll need to investigate whether this continues throughout the book.

Grrlbrarian No spoilers generally, but: IMHO it does. That bothered me also 2y
KtheBookwyrm @Grrlbrarian ya, I officially DNF‘d. I found it a little disturbing though that there were so many 4 and 5 star reviews gushing about how great the characters were. I was only able to find 2 reviews on the first page of the goodreads page for this book that were negative, both because of the treatment of women. 2y
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Deifio
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Read it the second time. Couldn't remember part of it to continue with book 2.
My first flintlock fantasy. Lots of good characters! Ka-Poel is amazing!

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Midnightyell
Promise of Blood | Brian McClellan

Almost a year to the day since I started the powder mage trilogy, I‘m starting it again, but this time I‘m bringing the book club with me. And I love this opening scene. Hello, Adamat!!

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Vinjii
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An amazing magic system and great characters. This has everything #fantasy has to offer. I couldn‘t put it down. Can you kill a god?! 😱

GrilledCheeseSamurai I really liked these too! 👍 4y
Vinjii @GrilledCheeseSamurai Can‘t wait for my Goodreads buddy read group to pick up book 2 👍 4y
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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Promise of Blood is the first book of the Powder Mage trilogy. The whole series is downright bonkers awesome! The author has created a really interesting magic system that incorporates flintlock weaponry and the digestion of gunpowder that gives certain people crazy cool powers.

No wizards with staffs here! This is badassery at its finest.

Melissa_J I love these books! 4y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Melissa_J Aren't they great!? I haven't read Sins of the Empire yet, which is the start of his new trilogy, but I have it sitting there waiting for me! 👍 4y
Melissa_J It‘s very good, too. The next book is released in Feb/Mar and I can‘t wait to read it. 4y
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Maike Amazon keeps recommending this to me, after reading your review I‘ll finally put in on my tbr 😉 4y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Maike 🙌🙌🙌 hope you like it! 4y
yashiro One of the best books i have ever read (and longest!). I can't wait to start reading the rest of the series! 4y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @yashiro hope you enjoy the rest of the series as much as I did! 👍 4y
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DaisytheFairy
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I'm looking forward to starting this series soon. #fantasy

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EchoLogical
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A few books featuring #addiction to various substances... My husband is currently reading the tagged book after I recommended it to him forever ago. The book tells the story of Taniel Two Shot, a powder mage (person consumes gun powder and gains supernatural abilities) who appears to be addicted to the powder and runs the risk of becoming powder blind throughout the book. I def recommend the series.

#anditsaugust @RealLifeReading

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JoRead
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I bought the first one in the series because I thought the cover was really cool. Of course I liked the blurb but I wouldn't have picked the book if not for that cover 😍
#dontjudge
#JudgedbyItsCover #marchingintoreading @RealLifeReading

Claireluana This is an excellent series! Enjoy! 5y
JoRead @Claireluana That's good to know, thanks! 5y
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JoRead
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But first, let me take a #shelfie. Most of my prints are still in boxes after the move so this is my only bookcase. Now my ebook shelf, well thats another story.
#day1 l#riotgrams
@bookriot

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Midnightyell
Promise of Blood | Brian McClellan

"Get the word around. The arch-diocell took a nasty fall. Find witnesses. The Inspector will be one. Won't you?"
"Yes, sir! Terrible spill. Two flights before we could stop him!"
"Doctor, what could you prescribe for the arch-diocell's condition here?"
"Arsenic."
"Doctor! Something that will just render him unconscious and give him some memory loss."
"Cyanide, then!"
"Doctor!"

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Midnightyell
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Next book(s) up are The Powder Mage Trilogy. Any book recommended by both Pat Rothfuss & Brandon Sanderson is a book I need to read.

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GPShipley
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many characters with all distinct personalities

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WaxEmphatic
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This book was just a pile of awesome. It had engaging characters, a cool and unique magic system and a plot that kept me up past my bedtime many nights. The use of gun powder and the balance of magic adds to the plot rather than the other way around which is he mark of a really good system.

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