'Just plain awesome . . . Innovative magic, quick-paced plot, interesting world. I had a blast' Brandon Sanderson on Promise of Blood
Field Marshal Tamas has finally returned to Adopest, only to find the capital in the hands of a foreign power. With his son Taniel presumed dead, Tamas must gather his beleaguered forces and formulate a plan to defeat the Kez - no easy task when you're outnumbered and can't tell friend from foe.
The army is divided . . .
With their enemy bearing down on them, the Adran command is in disarray. Someone, it seems, is selling secrets to the Kez. Inspector Adamat is determined to flush out the traitor, but as the conspiracy unravels, he will learn a horrifying truth.
And all hope rests with one man . . .
Taniel Two-Shot, the powder mage who shot a god in the eye, is on the run. He possesses the sole means of defeating the Kez, but to do so he must evade treachery at every turn. If he fails, Adro will fall.
Praise for the series:
'Gunpowder and magic. An explosive combination' Peter Brett
'Brings a welcome breath of gunpowder-tinged air to epic fantasy' Anthony Ryan
'Tense action, memorable characters, rising stakes . . . Brian McClellan is the real thing' Brent Weeks
The Powder Mage trilogy:
Promise of Blood
The Crimson Campaign
The Autumn Republic
The Gods of Blood and Powder series:
Sins of Empire
Wrath of Empire
Struggling with enemy kings and gods, the new Republic of Adro fights its hardest battles against its own people in this sharp and moving conclusion to McClellan's French Revolution inspired fantasy. Field Marshal Tamas, returning from behind enemy lines with new allies (acquired in 2013's The Crimson Campaign), rushes to reunite his divided army, which was split by treason and is still facing the overwhelming forces of an invading monarch. He finds himself again surrounded when a foreign nobleman occupies the capital, Adopest, to run for the new post of First Minister. Magic clashes with divinity as Tamas's son, Taniel Two-shot, and Taniel's shaman companion struggle to keep a vengeful god under restraint. And Nila, a former laundress, faces the results of using her new power to slay invading soldiers. McClellan is unafraid to show tragic consequences and he wisely resists tying up his plot into a too-neat conclusion, allowing some character deaths and glimpses of the unending work of nation-building. While not as epic as some series, McClellan's work will please fantasy readers with a historical bent and a taste for the bittersweet.