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The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.


It's a bloody business overthrowing a king...
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 the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces.

It's up to a few...
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.


But when gods are involved...
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...



In a rich, distinctive world that mixes magic with technology, who could stand against mages that control gunpowder and bullets? PROMISE OF BLOOD is the start of a new epic fantasy series from Brian McClellan.

Winner of the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut Fantasy.

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Promise of Blood
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Fantasy at it's best
January 30th, 2015
Amazingly well written. The series overall has been good so far. Perfect for anyone interested in musket and/or magic.
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February 22nd, 2014
This book is a very good read. The characters are interesting and complex. The magic is a bit different from what I have read before and the plot is okay. The only thing that I found disappointing was that I had read the short story about the characters in a period prior to the setting of the book and liked them. When this book starts the characters are 8-10 years older and changed quite a bit in my opinion. I had a bit of a dislike for the changes to overcome.
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January 23rd, 2014
This book was really entertaining. I loved the world Brian McClellan created and the different characters that were very engrossing. The writing style revolves around a few main characters and their perspectives and each were entertaining to read. There were plenty of characters and different story lines and all were great. Based on the title and description I knew there would be plenty of violence and blood, but it was not as gory as I had anticipated--which isn't a bad thing. Not to say there weren't moments that were particularly gruesome, however, McClellan was able to mix just the right amount of violence and bloodshed without overdoing it in my opinion. I especially enjoyed his incorporation of Gods and their involvement in the world. Lastly, I liked the way each storyline intersected with one another and also how the chapters, and subsequently the characters, flowed with one another. I will definitely be picking up the second book in the series when it is released!
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