I've really enjoyed this trilogy and the finale, The Autumn Republic, was good, but I was hoping for great. It would not stand-alone well, but it does wrap up a lot of the points the first two were leading toward. We see an end to the war and a new government for Adro. I love the world, the magic, the politics, and for some reason military fantasies tend to draw me in. I think it has something to do with all the passions, loyalties, endurance, planning - and treachery. The characters are awesome and the multiple points of view and various subplots give them each a chance to shine.
With so many characters and changes in viewpoint, the narrator of the audio has a tough job, but Rodska does well. He differentiates each character, and while the women are maybe not as well performed as the men, it's a fairly male-centered story anyway. To me, he's the voice of Tamas. There is one voice in however,...
Title: The Crimson Campaign (Powder Mage Trilogy #2)
Author: Brian McClellan
Narrator: Christian Rodska
Published: May 6, 2014 by Hachette Audio
Genre: Flintlock Fantasy (whatever that is)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | Audible
GUNPOWDER AND BULLETS WILL DETERMINE THE VICTOR.
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.
Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan is the perfect book for today. P for Promise, Politics, Powder and Power.
Title: Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1)
Author: Brian McClellan
Read by: Christian Rodska
Audio published: April 6, 2013 by Hachette Audio
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Audible | Amazon | Book Depository
The Age of Kings is dead...and I have killed it.
It's a bloody business overthrowing a king....
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 the greedy to scramble 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.
But when gods...