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- Print Length: 65 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 20, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HZ6780W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Forsworn: A Powder Mage Novella (Powder Mage series) Kindle Edition
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It’s pretty grand in scope, however, and I felt a little unsettled with all the characters. Who are the good guys? Who should I be rooting for? Who’s on whose side? About 150 pages in I discovered that there were 6 short, novella-sized prequels to Promise of Blood. I’ve had good experience with prequels adding value to the story in the past, so I went ahead and downloaded all 6 of them.
Pat my myself on the back. I was a great decision.
These 6 prequels give backstory and understanding to each of the key players I’ve run into so far in Promise of Blood. All six are well written, entertaining stories by themselves. Of course, you’ll be able to follow the story in Promise of Blood—and enjoy it—just fine without reading the prequels. But, man, they sure did add a lot of color to the picture I was trying to form. The characters weren’t characters anymore—they became people. Now that I’ve finished prequels and I’m back into Promise of Blood, I’m emotionally invested in this story that seems to be pushing past awesome to all the way to completely amazing.
They aren’t numbered, so you’ll need to know what order to read them to have the most effect.
2. Servant of the Crown
3. Murder at the Kinnen Hotel
4. Hope’s End
5. The Girl of Hrusch Avenue
6. The Face in the Window
My recommendation? Don’t read Promise of Blood without reading the prequels first.
Like, I said, Forsworn has a lot of potential. It's really our first look at Kez, and the stakes are high. Unfortunately, we don't learn a whole lot about Kez, and the climax doesn't quite work (because, I think, it was a novella and not a longer book).
...so, yeah, 5 stars. It's a short story giving us some history, feels like maybe 10-20 years earlier than the setting of the series.
Go give McClellan your money.
The only quibble I woud have with Forsworn is how easy the choices are for the main characters. I didn't feel a lot of weight to the massive issues they were encountering. This is minor though, I had a great time reading Forsworn.
If you haven't read anything Brian yet I am jealous. Buy this and everything else he has written. Get in on the ground floor.
In this tale, Erika ja Leora is a young noblewoman. Born of the union between Adran and Kez parents, she has split her life between the two neighboring kingdoms, but her fate has always been to follow her grandfather as a Duchess in Kez. Other than her mixed parentage, however, Erika seems perfectly normal . . . until the brand decorating her left chest is revealed; the scar marking her as a powder mage. This curse (or gift, according to your viewpoint) a death sentence in Kez, where the royal mage hunters — or the Longdogs, as they are called behind their backs — ruthlessly hunt down and execute all persons with such an innate ability. Only Erika’s nobility and sworn oath to never use a musket or black powder sparing her life. The oath one which Erika publicly honors, though she has been known to take a hit of powder every now and again.
Naturally, events occur which complicate Erika’s life and bring her status as a powder mage back to the forefront of her mind. This time it is a fugitive child whom our forsworn noblewoman finds hiding in the woods and feels pity for; a small act of kindness forcing Erika to make a fateful decision, one which leads her into danger and helps to mold her future!
Brian McClellan is fast becoming one of my favorite fantasy authors. His uncluttered yet descriptive writing style a perfect fit for my reading tastes and his tendency toward fast-paced, action-packed narratives helping to hold my attention no matter the chaos surrounding me. Probably my growing fondness is also due to the Powder Mage world itself, which is a place I’m growing to love more and more; its similarities to real world historical periods so familiar yet the magical flavor of it all so intriguing. And so even short stories such as Forsworn are real reading pleasures, which offer up the perfect blend of straight ahead adventure, tidbits of lore, and character development, that are an amazing introduction (or compliment to) the Powder Mage trilogy.
Honestly, I have nothing bad to say about Forsworn. It was a great novella anyway you look at it: short, entertaining, and filled with enthralling characters. If you are a fan of the series or merely a fantasy lover looking for a delicious short story to devour, I’d highly recommend you pick this one up.
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