The Autumn Republic (Powder Mage #3)

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Title: The Autumn Republic

Series: Powder Mage

Author: Brian McClellan

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 619

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

Synopsis:  Spoilers

Tamat is back. Taniel is being chased by Adrom forces, his own forces. Adamat is acting as a go between for forces beyond his imagination.

The gods are at war and they are being killed,one by one. That god/god slayer is convinced that HE will rule the world as a paradise. Can what is left of the Powder Mages fight a god, an invading army and win an election. Not without blood, sweat and black powder.

 

My Thoughts:

This ends the series on a bloody, dirty, gritty note, just like how it started. It is a relatively satisfactory ending and as much of a happy ending as you can expect from a Flintlock Fantasy.

Even after 3 books, I was still confused with various names of people, nations, etc. It all just blended in together and I went a long for the ride. I’m sure I missed out on some details and what not, but honestly, I just didn’t care.

I know that isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement but while I liked the overall plot and ideas, I just couldn’t get past the grim grittiness of it all. If you like that kind of thing then you’ll love it here.

The Crimson Campaign (Powder Mage #2)

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Title: The Crimson Campaign

Series: Powder Mage

Author: Brian McClellan

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 628

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis: Spoilers Ahead

Tamas is trapped behind enemy lines and must make his way back, all the while dodging the enemy and not knowing of Taniel is alive or not.

Adramat is desperately trying to find his missing wife and son. In the process, he uncovers an elite academy graduate who is wreaking havoc in Adopest. He must rescue one of the former Cabal, the only one powerful enough to face the graduate.

Taniel is on the front lines. But there is a traitor among the generals and that traitor wants Taniel dead. And Kresimir isn’t dead.

And now he’s not only pissed, but he’s probably insane from the bullet in his head.

Good times for everyone.

 

My Thoughts:

While I enjoyed the first book, it has taken me over 2 years to work up the “oomph” to actually go through the trouble to borrow the next 2. This is flintlock fantasy, and as such, it is grim, dirty and violent. And just like the first book, it is excellently written.

I have to admit, I had a hard time dealing with the 3 different viewpoints of men all having lots of T’s, D’s and A’s in their name. I found myself having to concentrate to make sure I knew who I was reading about.

I’d like to say more, but honestly, the same apathy that I felt after the first book is still in place. I liked the story, the writing was good, but it just didn’t do it for me. I suspect that I’ll feel the same about the next and final book, no matter how good it is.

Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1)

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Synopsis

General Tamas overthrows the king of his land because said king was going to pretty much sell the country out to pay off his debts.

Only problem is, there’s a god’s curse. So Tamas not only has to deal with making his country work again, but plan against an invasion and investigate what this god’s curse is and what it means.

 

My Thoughts

This was flintlock fantasy. So while I liked it, it was grim, gritty, dirty, bloody, smoky and violent. I also liked the idea of there not only being magicians, but also people who could use black powder to power themselves up.

As for characters, it was a real mixed bag. General Tamas is a control freak who wants things done his way the first time and if it doesn’t work, then somebody didn’t follow orders. His son, Taniel is considered to be one of the most skilled of the Powdermages, but he’s addicted to powder and is snorting the stuff the whole book through.

And those are the good guys.

Turns out that the god, Kresimir, was real and because Tamas has killed a king, he’s coming back to destroy the land and start things over. And we find out Kresimir isn’t the only god kicking around. Then you’ve got the magicians, who all hate powdermages and a foreign power getting ready to invade.

This was not a light read. At over 600 pages, I felt like I’d been dragged through the blood and muck right along with everybody else. Betrayal, distrust, weakness, disbelief, helplessness, all were there in spades. The bright hopeful spots were few and far between. Definitely not something to read if you’re feeling low or depressed.

I found the writing itself to be topnotch. I don’t normally like or continue reading very dark and gritty books but I do plan on reading the short stories and the rest of this series when it comes out.

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Author: Brian McClellan

Promise of Blood

Powder Mage #1