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).