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Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
« on: October 29, 2013, 12:08:26 PM »
I know other people here have read this one and was curious what other people thought. :)

(Incase you didn't notice the board - this is a spoiler welcome discussion for those that have read the book )



This is one I expect I will like subsequent books better. I don't really know why, but it took me a while to get into it. With some books I can pinpoint what the problem is (the characters are boring, the plot is too slow, etc). But with this one, I couldn't find a reason. Maybe it was just my mood. Anyway, one thing that struck me is how much more I want to see of Vlora and Ka-Poel. This wasn't their story, so I won't say they should have been featured more. But they were set up to really peak my interest (I also read The Girl of Hrusch Avenue which gave a great background story for Vlora).

Olem is another character I'd love to see more of. There are so many things in this book that gave me reason to read on, Jakob and Nila: who has them? Pole and Taniel. I'd be shocked if they didn't make it. I suspect the dynamic between Tamas and Pole should be interesting.

Anyway, what do other people think? :)
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Re: Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2013, 01:11:19 PM »
I really liked it - reviewed it on my blog this summer:

http://www.annelyle.com/blog/book-reviews/book-review-promise-of-blood-by-brian-mcclellan/

The TL:DR version is that I enjoyed the story and characters but found the writing a bit clunky in places. McClellan really needs to work on his character descriptions in particular; the chapter where the council members arrive one by one was positively painful!

On the plus side, the magic of the powder mages is awesome - and I think I may have a tiny crush on Taniel Two-Shot :)
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Re: Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2013, 03:57:23 PM »
On the plus side, the magic of the powder mages is awesome - and I think I may have a tiny crush on Taniel Two-Shot :)

That is completely understandable. :)
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Re: Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2014, 12:20:26 AM »
I also liked Promise of Blood, though if I have a crush on Taniel Two-Shot, it's in as manly a way as possible.

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It took me a little bit of time to fully dive into the world of PROMISE OF BLOOD, but it didn’t take long for me to become fully engaged in a fantasy world that was completely different from anything else I’ve read before.

The story revolves around Tamas, a military commander who overthrows his king; his son, Taniel; and Adamat, an inspector Tamas hires to solve the mysteries that surround him as he attempts to establish a new government with enemies on all sides. McClellan does an excellent job of giving you a sense that each of these characters has a rich backstory full of powerful events that took place before the book ever started, allowing interesting aspects of their personalities to display themselves throughout the story. Even the secondary stories are fully realized, giving the story a welcome depth.

The story includes a number of different magic systems and I’m not sure I entirely understand them all, I really enjoyed many of our main characters’ abilities to use gunpowder to fuel their magic, as well as seeing the limitations of those magical abilities. It’s all very well thought out, and I have a feeling that as I read future books I’ll learn even more about the rules that govern magic in this world.

While the magic is strong, for me, it’s always about the characters, and I found myself enjoying all three of the main POV characters. McClellan does an excellent job of surrounding all three with interesting, likeable secondary characters I always want to learn just a bit more about.

http://richardmbray.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/promise-of-blood-by-brian-mcclellan/
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Re: Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2014, 07:49:36 PM »
It seems Pornokitsch had similarly nice things to say about this. I am on my phone but maybe someone else can put up a link.  Think I ll wait and see how the sequels review.
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Re: Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2014, 08:41:00 PM »
It seems Pornokitsch had similarly nice things to say about this. I am on my phone but maybe someone else can put up a link.  Think I ll wait and see how the sequels review.
http://www.pornokitsch.com/2014/05/underground-reading-promise-of-blood-by-brian-mcclellan.html
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Re: Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2014, 07:07:36 PM »
Yeah. What he I said. I like this book: the magic system, the big plot, the battles... A few kinks, but have high hopes for the sequel.