Promise of Blood

Promise of Blood

Book - 2013
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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."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Orbit, Hachette Book Group, 2013
Edition: First trade edition
ISBN: 9780316219044
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCC
Characteristics: 548 pages : maps ; 21 cm


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JessicaGma Oct 17, 2019

I wasn't sure if I'd like this book as I couldn't recall why I had ordered it to read but it was a very interesting take on the typical fantasy novel. There was tonnes of action, lots of betrayal and solidarity, and gods coming down for the end times. I think I will keep going here, and do read the other reviews - it's a complicated novel.

Aug 15, 2018

If you are a fan of Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn, Stormlight Archive, Post-Jordan Wheel of Time), you've probably heard the name Brian McClellan. That may be because McClellan was a former pupil in one of Sanderson's college writing courses. Promise of Blood is a little different than your typical sword and sorcery fantasy. It has a very specific magic system and your typical feudal era caste society, but it also takes place in a country in the early stages of an industrial revolution. The catalyst to the primary story is a cabal of powerful people organizing a coup and executing the monarchy. The use of swords is still common, but warfare has developed to the use of musket rifles and canon fire. It's an interesting twist on your typical fantasy story. I would definitely recommend Promise of Blood to fantasy fans looking for something innovative in the genre.

Mar 06, 2017

Fantastic Book!

Aug 07, 2015

The title promises blood and more than delivers on that promise. If you want some serious action, interesting magic, compelling characters, and gritty world look know further than Promise of Blood.
Promise of Blood is THE book that made flintlock fantasy the new best thing in fantasy. The book delivers an epic fantasy tale with a unique magic system, an interesting cast of troubled characters, meddling gods, dangerous sorcerers, scheming politicians, and civil revolution. This whole 'Gunpowder and Grit' style of fantasy really is interesting -- a sort of fusion between grimdark and steampunk and flintlock.
I think it's safe to say that the whole 'Gunpowder and Grit' setting is here to say in the fantasy sphere -- in no small part to the success of a Promise of Blood.
The action, the magic system, the characters, the writing, and the plot of very much reminiscent of a Brandon Sanderson novel (specifically, it brings to mind something very similar to his MIstborn novel, Alloy of Law). And Hell's Bells, what do you know, Brandon Sanderson IS/WAS his creative writing teacher.
Initially, I wasn't so sold on the first in the series (Promise of Blood) which to me was a good intro to the world but fell a bit short. However, McClellan's second book The Crimson Campaign was a vast improvement and made this fantasy series as one of the most exciting debut fantasy series to come along in the past couple years.
So for one of the most exciting new fantasy books (and series) to shoot into the fantasy world, pick this series up.

May 13, 2015

After gathering a disparate and distrusting group of allies, Field Marshall Tamas has overthrown the king and killed hundreds of corrupt aristocrats. Surrounding nations are taking advantage of the confusion while royalists fight to reinstitute the monarchy. Tamas is relying on his estranged son and a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail. There are rumors that the old gods have taken notice and are walking the earth – but will they help or punish the rebellion?

JCLKatyW Jun 20, 2013

I really enjoyed Promise of Blood. I loved how the story took place during an industrial revolution in Adro. It seems like many fantasy books usually stay within the medieval or renaissance eras. Promise of Blood is a nice change of pace in that way.

One of things I have to really commend McClellan for is making each of the four main characters of the story equally interesting. Usually I find myself attached to only one of the characters in a multi-character book, and I have to slog through the uninteresting characters to get back to the one that I like (or I just skip them and head back later. In general though, even for the supporting characters, there was good character development.

The magic concepts were unique and believable. There are priveledged, powder mages, knacked, and some other types of sorcery that have not quite been revealed yet. There is also the appearance of ancient gods, which adds to the rising conflict.

Promise of Blood is the first of the series. While it leaves plenty to be discovered in later volumes, it has a nice wrap up a the end, but at the same time leaves you wanting more.

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