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Hope's End: A Powder Mage Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Brian McClellan
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Captain Verundish has two problems. On campaign with the Adran army and far from her homeland, she is helpless when the young daughter she left at home is threatened. To make matters worse, General Tamas has put her lover in command of a Hope's End—the first charge through a breach straight into the teeth of enemy cannon and sorcery. To save the people she loves, Verundish will have to come up with a deadly solution...


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  • File Size: 1126 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FE02TAU
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Exciting Powder Mage Tale September 24, 2013
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As I have mentioned before, McClellan's novel, Promise of Blood is one of my favorite fantasy novels of 2013. "Hope's End" is the second short story that McClellan has penned in the Powder Mage universe. The story explores the dilemma of Captain Verundish, a woman who desperately wants to protect her young daughter as well as her lover. To resolve these matters, she undertakes to lead a dangerous, near suicidal mission. The story also delves more into one of the main characters from Promise of Blood, giving us more insight into his personality. Like his previous short story, this one delves into the history prior to the events of Promise of Blood. It is an exciting tale, well written, and I am pleased to revisit the Promise of Blood universe, even if it is only thru a short story. I highly recommend all of the Powder Mage tales.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Gotta Read This Novella! January 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
"Hope's End" is a short novella set in Brian McClellan's Powder Mage world, which began with the novel Promise of Blood. Where Promise was epic in its scale and ambition, depicting vast power struggles between huge forces, sorcerers and demons fulfilling ancient prophesy, and the story of the social and economic cost of a political revolution, "Hope's End" is a bite-sized snack, allowing a current fan or a newbie reader to experience an exciting snapshot of a soldier's life in this flintlock and sorcery world.

The story itself shines the spotlight onto one of General Tamas's soldiers: Captain Verundish. (Yes, you read General Tamas, because this novella takes place before the Powder Mage Trilogy and immediately before Tamas' ascension to Field Marshall of Adro's armies.) You see, Captain Verundish is a good soldier: dedicated to her career and to her general, but she has her own personal problems outside of being in harm's way at all times. One, she is married to a horrid man, whom she wishes to divorce but cannot due to family and religious reasons. Two, she has a young daughter by her foppish husband, and he has threatened to do something awful to this innocent child if Verundish does not give him a divorce - in a very unusual way. And three, General Tamas has placed her lover in command of a Hope's End: a suicidal attack against a fortification, where her fellow soldiers will be casting themselves into the teeth of both musket fire and sorcery!

How can Captain Verundish save those she loves from such terrible situations without sacrificing herself?

The story that ensues from this setup is all you could ask for from a novella. You get an appearance of General Tamas and a look at his inner motives for future actions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great October 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
When it comes to short stories I never have much to say...cos they are short...very short. And this one was..16 page..ish.

The story takes place before Promise of Blood so read it before, read it after, it does not matter. Just read it.

The story was about Verundish who has some...drama in her life (since it's short story I wont spoil it). She is in a tight spot. I liked her, honor and duty, loyal and sacrificing.

The story is about the charge called Hope's End. As the name says it will be deadly and without hope. What to do is the question?

I usually want more when it comes to short stories and not always in a good way. But here it actually worked as a short story. Sure I want more, but I was also happy with what I got. It was short and good and I enjoyed it.

Conclusion:
Short and nice :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! September 25, 2013
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I adored this short story.

Promise of Blood was a great book, and while I don't think Brian had any issues with his female characters as some others have pointed out, I honestly just wish there were **more** of them. Fortunately, Captain Verundish is an extremely convincing, well-written, likeable female protagonist.

This short story is a very quick introduction to the Powder Mage universe, and I personally enjoyed it a bit more than The Girl of Hrusch Avenue (not that I didn't enjoy that as well, but I rated it 4/5 stars, where this one is a 5/5 in my opinion).

The arc flows perfectly, with quite a bit of characterization for such a short piece.

Anyone looking to see whether they're interested in diving deeper into this world is highly encouraged to give Hope's End a try. Here's to hoping we see Captain Verundish in future works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written Powder Mage Short--Check it out! March 30, 2014
By Mark
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While waiting for the second book in his trilogy, The Crimson Campaign, to come out, McClellan has written some short stories set in the same universe, which he calls the Powder Mage universe, named after his unique gunpowder-based magic system.

In the second of his stories, Hope's End, our protagonist, Captain Verundish, is contemplating suicide. Her husband has threatened to sell their daughter into slavery, and her heart belongs to another man, but her father, the priest that married Verundish, does not believe in divorce. She sees death as her only escape.

In the teaser, McClellan manages to give us the conflict as well as define the main protagonist and make us sympathetic to her. He then tells her story. Without giving any spoilers, I will say that I was deeply pleased by the resolution of this story. It was believable, and at the same time, satisfying in a way that few short stories are.

Throughout the story, we are reminded that we are in the Powder Mage universe, and we get some glimpses of General Tamas, one of the main protagonists of Promise of Blood, as he leads the army. The magic of the universe is in this story as well. However, you do not need to have read Promise of Blood to read Hope’s End, as all of the relevant information is explained in the story. If you have read Promise of Blood, the explanations may feel a little redundant, but not overly so.

At the climax of the story, there is a battle scene, which is well written and engaging. It fits with the gritty, “flintlock fantasy” style that I enjoyed throughout Promise of Blood. McClellan did not skimp on the scene because of the length of the story, and it alone makes the story worth reading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A short story in the life of a soldier. See Tamas from another's eyes...
Captain Verundish's letter from her ruthless husband is not good. Her father won't approve their divorce, as he performed the marriage and has to sign for divorce. Read more
Published 23 days ago by MelHay
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Nice insight into the background of the central character of the series. A little more detail on the war they're fighting would have been good, but the narrative is tight and... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Daniel Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars perfectly crafted
This is a tight, beautiful short story set in the powder Mage setting. It fills in tiny gaps, but it executes and delivers on every level. Not a story snippet. Not extraneous. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing short prequel
I'll be honest, I gave the first book (Promise of Blood) only 3 stars because I thought the first half of it was average at best. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ZzAzZ
5.0 out of 5 stars A Second Helping
The second Powder Mage Short is even better than the first. This is its own story. The first one relied on your liking of the first one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Jared C. Serra
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, Short Story
I thoroughly enjoyed A PROMISE OF BLOOD, and being able to get my hands on a short story from the same world, in order to ease the time while waiting for the release of the next... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Short Story
A solid short story and a nice introduction to the Powder Mage series worth the brief reading time. I'm looking forward to reading more by McClellan.
Published 5 months ago by Nicholas Kilburg
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Okay, that one totally pulled some tears out of me. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting, but it wasn't that.
Published 5 months ago by Phil Bernard
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic powder Mage story
All this did was make me want to reread promise of blood. That in turn will make me want to read Crimson which doesn't come out for another 8 months. Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. Shumate
4.0 out of 5 stars Another interesting short
As a fan of Promise of Blood, I really like what Brian McClellan does. The Girl of Hrusch Avenue was very good and Hope's End continues Brian McClellan's enlarging of the backstory... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mike A. Wants
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