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The Crimson Campaign (Powder Mage Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Brian McClellan
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Book Description


When invasion looms...
Tamas's invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counter-offensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies, and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god, Kresimir.

But the threats are closer to home...
In Adro, Inspector Adamat wants only to rescue his wife. To do so he must track down and confront the evil Lord Vetas. He has questions for Vetas concerning his enigmatic master, but the answers will lead Adamat on a darker journey.

Who will lead the charge?
Tamas's generals bicker among themselves, the brigades lose ground every day beneath the Kez onslaught, and Kresimir wants the head of the man who shot him in the eye. With Tamas and his powder cabal presumed dead, Taniel Two-shot finds himself as the last line of defense against Kresimir's advancing army.

THE CRIMSON CAMPAIGN continues the most acclaimed and action-packed new epic fantasy series in years, following on from Promise of Blood - an adrenaline-fuelled debut of flintlock mages, civil war, and cold-blooded murder in a world where gods walk the earth.

Editorial Reviews


"This swirling sequel to Promise of Blood draws the reader deep into political intrigue and military matters in a gun-powder-sprinkled fantasy world."—Publishers Weekly on The Crimson Campaign

"Promise of Blood is a hugely promising debut. Guns, swords, and magic together? What more could you want? How about tense action, memorable characters, rising stakes, and cool, cool magic? Not only the finest flintlock fantasy I've read, but also the most fun. Brian McClellan is the real thing."—Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author on Promise of Blood

"This book is just plain awesome. I found myself enjoying every moment of it. Innovative magic, quick-paced plot, interesting world. I had a blast."—Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author on Promise of Blood

"Impressively distinctive and pungent, with solid plotting and exceptional action sequences."—Kirkus on Crimson Campaign

"Brian McClellan is an explosive powder keg of imagination with an expertly-plotted fuse. The stories he tells are the stories we'll be reading for years to come."—Sam Sykes on Promise of Blood

"The world of the privileged sorcerers and the strange abilities of the powder mages who can manipulate gunpowder are just as well drawn in this captivating universe."—RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars) on Promise of Blood

"McClellan's debut packs some serious heat.... A thoroughly satisfying yarn that should keep readers waiting impatiently for further installments."—Kirkus (Starred Review) on Promise of Blood

"Gunpowder and Magic. An explosive combination. Promise of Blood is the best debut I've read in ages."—Peter V. Brett

"I love the world Brian McClellan builds, Powder Mages with flintlock pistols against white-gloved Privileged for the fate of a nation and more. Promise of Blood feels like the start of something amazing."—Django Wexler

"Brings a welcome breath of gunpowder-tinged air to epic fantasy."—Anthony Ryan on Promise of Blood

About the Author

Brian McClellan is an avid reader of fantasy and a former student of Brandon Sanderson. When he is not writing, he loves baking, making jam from fruit grown in northeast OH, and playing video games. He currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4996 KB
  • Print Length: 628 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 031621907X
  • Publisher: Orbit (May 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CO7FI36
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome May 12, 2014
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I am a long reader of Fantasy (especially epic fantasy) and I have enjoyed the new trend of "Flintlock" fantasy, but I have to say that McClellan's novels are the best. Crimson Campaign was addictive and awesome from start to finish. The characters are cool (and have plenty of moments of awesome), the development is good, and there is just enough building of intrigue to keep you desperate for more of the story. I try to include at least one complaint in every review, and for this book it is that it seems many of the characters beat incredible odds too reliably (Tamas specifically); their plans almost always seem to work perfectly and then a seemingly impossible task is accomplished quickly and easily. It isn't really a knock on the book, and the book is written to indicate that Tamas is just so brilliant as a commander that it works that way, so the ease of his success is at least addressed.

Fans of Sanderson, Weeks, Joe Abercrombie/Glen Cook (it isn't quite as dark as their work, but it has that "boots on the ground" feeling), and Rothfuss will love this novel. If you are more interested in a tougher read (Erikson/Malazan fans come immediately to mind), you might find this book a little too "easy" (there are only about 4 POVs/settings, the timeline is easy to understand, character relationships/positions/archetypes are pretty easy to follow).

Overall, I strongly suggest this novel to any epic fantasy fan.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure AdrenaIine Rush May 6, 2014
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Promise of Blood, the first book in the Powder Mage trilogy was one of my favorite books of last year so I was anxious to read the sequel. And once I started reading, I was hooked and couldn't stop till I finished it. Crimson Campaign was a non-stop adrenaline rush of action. Tamas, Taniel and Adamat also face dire challenges, from the Kez attacking to more diabolical plots within the city. The god Kesimir is back, and apparently on the side of Kez. But you can't count out the Chef. Secres of the past are revealed, as well as revelations of the present. This is a well-written fantasy, with an intriguing setting and cool magic systems. I highly recommend this book, as well as the first one. And once you read this book, you will be eager for the next book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first! May 9, 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed The Crimson Campaigns. Good story development, Characters continue to grow, and the world progresses. Promise of Blood was quite good, and the second novel in the series is a definite improvement. Adamat, Taniel, and Tamas each have their own story playing out over the course of the novel. Fun read, and a rather nice ending to lead into book #3. I'd highly recommend it for fans of epic fantasy, Sanderson, Anthony Ryan, Steven Erikson, Will Wight, and Django Wexler.

-- We see a lot more of Taniel
-- Good action, larger campaign scenes as well as individual
-- The plots lines progress

--The various magic systems are still relatively poorly described. I suspect he has rules that everything follows, but we don't get to see them up front as we do with Sanderson. (McClellan is a student of Sanderson after all)
-- Felt a little short. It's a funny thing to say about a 600 pg. novel, but it read quickly. Of course, I'm just coming off a reread of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, so my perspective may be a bit skewed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this novel! May 18, 2014
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The second installment in the Powder Mage Trilogy is even better than the first, Promise of Blood.
Brian does an excellent job of pacing in this book, and his characters feel even more fully developed than they did before.
The one criticism that I have is that I don't feel the passage of time in the novels. I know that some of the events take a week or so to develop, but I don't feel that time when I read.

Even with that one criticism I'm giving this a 5 star review. I love this novel and the series, can't wait for the future works.

P.s. do yourself a favor and get his novellas as well, they're absolutely worth it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On a scale of one to ten... thirteen. May 16, 2014
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I was looking forward to this book after reading Promise of Blood, and I think I enjoyed this one even more than the first. Great story, great characters, great twists, just like the first. Highly recommended to fans of Promise of Blood.

But be prepared for a cliffhanger ending.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense. May 17, 2014
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Short review as it is 2:54 in the morning.

Once again, Brian McClellan has written a book that has cost me my sleep. I have fallen in love with the all the characters. It's a rarity for me to love each character and every chapter keeps me turning the pages wanting to find out what has become of them. I am excited for each new installment and applaud his writing skills. It's a breadth of fresh air in what seems a stale time for innovative writing.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets... May 10, 2014
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I can honestly say that I am by no means a huge fan of "Flintlock Fantasy" (is that an actual term...well, I like it and will claim it as my own..."Flintlock Fantasy™"...I digress) but I am certain that I have grown to love this series. The reason I bought the first book was that it was endorsed by Brandon Sanderson who is one of my favorites. Should the next book be as engaging as the previous books, then you can consider me a fan for life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, i could not put it down!
Excellent book, great intriguing plot with fun twists and turns. The character development continues perfectly from the first book.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Couldn't pUT it down.
Published 6 days ago by Reginald J. Johnson III
4.0 out of 5 stars a really solid book
continued the success of the first book. a really fun read, good story,and a great pace.

I enjoyed it and would recommend t to folks who enjoy the genre. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting set of magic and great characters. Worth the read.
Published 10 days ago by Sadly Incognito
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fantasy Read!
Great work, if you like Jordan or Sanderson give McClellan a read! Fantasy with a great and unique twist!
Published 10 days ago by gregory elliott harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Non stop action, another smash hit for Brian McLellan
Great imagination, wonderful plot, very entertaining. Loved it! Reading The Autumn Republic now and it's awesome too. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Phil Knox
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was a great story, as well as a great listen
This book was a great story, as well as a great listen! I enjoyed the first novel and was very interested to see where the author would take the story. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginning
Good read, lively pace and the story really makes you want to learn more about the caricatures involved.
Published 21 days ago by Gregory L. Lyons
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!
Outstanding and spellbinding stuff.
Makes the top of the list in this genre.
It is a book that involves fantasy, love, politics, corruption,, traitors and heroes and a... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars nonstop action
The pacing is incredible. Every chapter sees action and adventure for at least one of the story lines, often several. I'm excited for the conclusion.
Published 1 month ago by Melissa McDonald
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