A new epic fantasy trilogy about a young nation at odds with the ancient forces that have begun to stir as fortune seekers and sorcerers flock to the frontier. Set in of Brian McClellan's Powder Mage trilogy.
A world on the cusp of a new age. . .
The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place -- a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of an oppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.
Sedition is a dangerous word. . .
The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with guile and force, a task which falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Mad Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall's present.
The past haunts us all. . .
As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries.
McClellan (The Autumn Republic) begins his Gods of Blood and Powder series with this tale set in Landfall, a city where mercenary troops and secret police may not be enough to prevent revolution. Michel Bravis is an operative in Landfall's secret police who has been assigned to find who is behind the seditious pamphlet titled Sins of Empire. Gen. Vlora Flint is a powder mage and the commander of the Riflejacks, a mercenary army summoned to Landfall to find Mama Palo, leader of the disaffected Palo minority. Benjamin Styke is the former colonel of the Mad Lancers and still a formidable killer; he's just been released from a work camp and is newly arrived in the city. Each of them runs up against the mysterious figure of Gregious Tampo, an individual who's both dapper and deadly. They must all brave the Palo stronghold of Greenfire Depths, where street thugs are common and legendary Dynize dragonmen lurk. Several characters first appeared in McClellan's Powder Mage trilogy but this work stands well on its own. The combination of fantasy and firearms compares favorably with Brandon Sanderson's work and the milieu recalls Thieves' World. This is a great start to what promises to be a terrific series.
One of the best fantasy worlds out there, truly rivals those at the top of the fantasy genre such as Game of Thrones and the Lord of the Rings.
A well constructed take in the gritty fantasy genre. The story clips along and rarely feels like filler. Dialog is well constructed and flows along nicely. I suppose my big criticism is it reads like a super hero story, which I generally dislike. That is, the charters we follow essentially never fail, are all powerful, and have flaws that only ever amount to being grating in some specific character trait. I guess I wish their was a bit less generic heroism and more character study. But still, it is a really well written tale, as in everything’s paced well and keeps you guessing. While not a favorite of mine, I’d be surprised if most readers wouldn’t make it almost all the way through.
This is a fantastic read!