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Promise of Blood (The Powder Mage Trilogy) (edição: 2013)

de Brian McClellan (Autor)

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"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 greedy scrambling for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces. 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. 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.."-- ""PROMISE OF BLOOD puts the epic back in fantasy! A novel that opens in the aftermath of a bloody coup, it's a thrilling look at politics, kingdoms, and the retribution that falls swiftly on broken promises." --Provided by the publisher"--… (mais)
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Título:Promise of Blood (The Powder Mage Trilogy)
Autores:Brian McClellan (Autor)
Informação:Orbit (2013), Edition: First Edition, 560 pages
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The audio was brilliantly read and was invaluable as the synch'd companion to the ebook.

My meager vocabulary probably can't compete with any of the superlatives already written. It was just plain, freaking fantastic. Epic fantasy at its best. On to Book 2!
  jazzbird61 | Feb 29, 2024 |
Some stories are just like that - good plot, interesting world, intense characters but... all is done through so many little buggery things that I end up with very mixed feelings overall. There is no clear line between “bad” and “good” writing/storytelling for me here. All of it tightly woven together. ( )
  WorkLastDay | Dec 17, 2023 |
This series has an interesting premise, being of the 'flintlock fantasy' sub genre. This opening volume opens starts just before the main action occurs - a retired policeman called Adamat who is still an investigator is summoned at night to a mysterious meeting at the King's palace and discovers that a coup has just taken place. The twist is that the King had a royal cabal of wizards, called Privileged, to protect him - and they have been slaughtered by magicians of another type, the Powder Mages who give the series its overall title.

Field Marshal Tamas, a Powder Mage and leader of a cadre of same, has launched the coup, with the aid of co-conspirators - one is a woman in charge of a crack troop of mercenaries, one a representative of all the unionised labour in the city, one the ex-King's accountant, one the head of the religious establishment and so on - because the King had run up huge debts and planned to settle them by, in effect, selling the country to their arch enemies the Kez. Given the repressive nature of the Kez regime, they felt they had no alternative but to depose the King. Ruthlessly, Tamas has the entire royal family and most of the nobility guillotined the next day, but no one objects.

The story is told mainly from the viewpoints of Tamas, his son Teniel - a crack shot but also an addict to gunpowder (which the Powder Mages ingest to manipulate bullets and gunpowder) - and the investigator Adamat. A minor viewpoint is a young woman who worked as a laundress for one of the executed nobles and tries to save his young son though she later discovers that Tamas has sent the children to be brought up and educated to be ordinary people as he is not ruthless enough to execute them also.

Tamas is trying to prepare for the war with Kez which is inevitable while keeping the various factions in the city onside, pending an eventual change to a democracy with a president as figurehead. In the meantime he is the only person with enough respect and credibility among the people and the various interest groups to prevent the country falling into chaos, and to be able to defend against Kez. He tasks Adamat with various lines of enquiry, unaware that an enemy within has kidnapped Adamat's family and is forcing him to disclose information and place Tamas in danger. The ex-laundress and her young charge also fall into the hands of this enemy.

Another complication is that the legendary god Kresimir might really be returning - one character is leading an initiative to do so - and if he returns he will probably destroy everything. And a brother of his is also present but as a human incarnation with a great gift involving food. Plus Taniel's "savage" servant girl Ka-Poel is really a hugely powerful mage in her own right who works through the manipulation of wax dolls.

I found the presence of the two main magical systems at the start - and then others such as Ka-Poel's - a bit hard to accept at first but gradually they became clearer though there was a rather clunky scene where someone at the university library explains the difference between them to Adamat - a man who has a Knack (yet another semi-magical ability, in his case perfect recall, as well as the ability to 'open the third eye' and see other types of magician and what they are doing). It also transpires that long ago there were even stronger magicians who are long lived and a few of whom still exist in secret. Some of these soon begin to cause mayhem and general complications to the complex political situation including the rumoured reality of Kresimir.

This is a page turning read with plenty of action - violent action at that - a big cast, and big stakes. The problem I found with it, and which reminded me of Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy, is that the roles for women are minimal. Disappointingly, near the start of the story the woman we have been told runs a crack unit of mercenaries faints when she sees a soldier of the King's pulled apart by the mob during a failed rescue attempt. Taniel's ex-fiance is a Powder Mage in the army but has very little to do in the story. Ka-Poel is a mute and her character has to be conveyed by hand gestures and body language -she is quirky, but remains frustratingly opaque. The setting is also quite misogynistic and racist, with people routinely talking about her as if she is not there and repeatedly calling her a savage. And the ex-laundress is a rather irritating character of the type who decides to do something drastic based on emotion rather than knowing the facts.

There are a few odd loose ends in this story also which remain unexplained so far in book 2 which I am already reading (why so many lions on the mountain and everything to do with the behaviour of those animals, for example) and I do wonder if those will ever be resolved or are just throw-away extra perils added to heighten the stakes for that segment of the book.

With the reservations above, this isn't a keeper for me but a fairly enjoyable page turning action based read, and I am awarding it 3 stars.



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  kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
I loved the beginning of the book. I thought there were a few plot problems but the action was non stop (more than making up for the plot problems). I also loved the concept of a gunpowder Mage. I am looking forward to the next one. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
Great world building and the magic of the powder magi is pretty awesome. Not one of my top reads this year though. ( )
  levlazarev | Oct 18, 2023 |
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"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 greedy scrambling for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces. 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. 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.."-- ""PROMISE OF BLOOD puts the epic back in fantasy! A novel that opens in the aftermath of a bloody coup, it's a thrilling look at politics, kingdoms, and the retribution that falls swiftly on broken promises." --Provided by the publisher"--

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