Review – Promise of Blood, The Crimson Campaign, The Autumn Republic

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Brian McClellan all but pioneered the term “flintlock fantasy” with his Powder Mage Trilogy. Beginning with PROMISE OF BLOOD, he creates a world that draws military inspiration from the Napoleonic to American Civil War eras, weaves in the politics of revolution and representation, and adds social seasoning of labor relations and unrest all atop the push and pull between sorcery of an old sort and magic fueled by gunpowder.

It was a fantastic read and there are more books set in this world than this trilogy, though I haven’t quite gotten to those.

If it sounds good to you, check it out. If you’ve got a local independent bookseller, please give them your business in this difficult time. If it works, try using the Bookshop link, which tries to support independent booksellers. If your local library has it on the shelf, support libraries!

If Amazon is the what works for you to get books in the pandemic, use Amazon, that’s okay too!


Promise of Blood (The Powder Mage Trilogy Book 1)


The Powder Mage Trilogy: Promise of Blood, The Crimson Campaign, The Autumn Republic

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