Promise of Blood
Book 1 in the Powder Mage trilogy
- 32,99 zł
- 32,99 zł
Winner of the 2013 David Gemmell Morningstar Award, Promise of Blood is the explosive first novel in the most action-packed and acclaimed new fantasy series in years.
It's a bloody business, overthrowing a king. Now, amid the chaos, a whispered rumour is spreading. A rumour about a broken promise, omens of death and the gods returning to walk the earth.
No one really believes these whispers.
Perhaps they should.
'Just plain awesome . . . Innovative magic, quick-paced plot, interesting world. I had a blast' Brandon Sanderson
'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
Borrowing from the French Revolution, McClellan's debut (the first in a planned trilogy) is a gritty tale of political overthrow complicated by divine retribution. Field Marshal Tamas leads a coup to prevent his country from being handed over to the hated Kez, sending profligate King Manhouch and his nobles to the guillotine. Concerned by their cryptic final oaths about "Kresimir's Promise," Tamas hires former inspector Adamat to learn the phrase's meaning. Tamas's son, Taniel Two-Shot, meanwhile chases a rogue sorceress to the Kez-besieged Holy City, Kresim Kurga, to stop her from summoning a vengeful deity. McClellan neatly mixes intrigue and action, effectively showing the tensions among uneasy allies (military, church, underworld) in a society where new forces like labor unions, gunpowder-armed soldiers, and explosion-causing "powder mages" clash with traditional magics, mores, and beliefs. While the villains are too obvious, they're balanced by sympathetic portraits of dutiful folks caught up on both sides of the rebellion.