Review: “Promise of Blood” by Brian McClellan

promise of bloodPromise of Blood
Brian McClellan
★★★
Orbit Books, 2013.

As part of my 2015 reading resolution, I’ve dived into the Powder Mage Trilogy, a flintlock fantasy about a French Revolution-esque coup d’ tat led by the Field Marshal Tamas to overthrow the corrupt, oppressive king of Adro.

Promise of Blood is McClellan’s debut, and that shows in a few places. He flaunts his influences boldly, most especially in his heavy debt to his mentor Brandon Sanderson.  This was especially evident in the magic system, which involved “powdermages” snorting gunpowder like cocaine to gain powers felt a little too like Sanderson’s allomancy from the “Mistborn” series.

Still I enjoyed the book tremendously and look forward to delving further into the series in the coming month (book three, The Autumn Republic, comes out February 10).

Read my full review at the Western Science Fiction Association‘s site, The Nameless Zine.

—Michael Senft

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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