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Wrath of Empire Cements McClellan’s Reputation as Dean of Flintlock Fantasy

First things first, this review is going to be full of spoilers for Sins of Empire, the first book in McClellan’s Gods of Blood and Powder series.  If you haven’t read that book, go back and read that review instead … Continue reading

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The Tethered Mage is an excellent fantasy debut, if a little YA for my tastes

The Tethered Mage is an excellent fantasy debut, if a little YA for my tastes.  It benefits tremendously from a rich, Venetian-inspired setting, a well-crafted plot, and two strong leads. Heiress Amalia is pulled into empire politics when chance (and … Continue reading

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The Fall of Dragons Ends a Great Fantasy Series with a Bloody, Alien Bang

Is there anything left I can say about The Traitor Son Cycle that I haven’t already said?  After all, I have already posted reviews of the first, second, third, and fourth books, and I posted a pitch for Game of … Continue reading

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Review of Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker

I might not have picked Age of Assassins up, but a blogger friend passed along an ARC.  And man am I glad she did.  Age of Assassins may not do anything that hasn’t been done elsewhere, but the worldbuilding is … Continue reading

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Review of Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan

With Sins of Empire, Brian McClellan cements himself as one of the brightest young stars writing fantasy today.  The Powder Mage trilogy was no fluke (you can find my reviews of those three books here, here, and here).  The magic … Continue reading

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Review of The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan

The Crimson Campaign is book two in Brian McClellan’s Powder Mage Trilogy.  It’s not perfect, but it does establish that the promise McClellan shows in Promise of Blood was no fluke.  Tamas finds himself with a small army cut-off in … Continue reading

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Review of Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

Promise of Blood is a fantasy debut that shows epic promise.  The action, plot, dialogue, pacing, and world-building are all top notch.  McClellan’s full Powder Mage Trilogy makes good on that promise.  The next chapter in the powder mage world … Continue reading

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