Promise of Blood

Promise of Blood

By (author) Brian Mcclellan

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Field Marshal Tamas's coup against his king sends corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brings bread to the starving. But it also provokes war in the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics and a greedy scramble for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers' unions and mercenary forces. Stretched to his limit, Tamas relies heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be Tamas's estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty will be tested to its limit. Now, amid the chaos, a whispered rumour is spreading. A rumour about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods returning to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing ...But perhaps they should.

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  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 38mm | 699.99g
  • 16 Apr 2013
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Orbit
  • London
  • English
  • 0356502015
  • 9780356502014
  • 253,055

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Brian McClellan is an avid reader of fantasy and graduate of Orson Scott Card's Literary Bookcamp. When he is not writing, he loves baking, making jam from fruit grown in northeast OH and playing video games. He currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife.

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"The world of the privileged sorcerers and the strange abilities of the powder mages who can manipulate gunpowder are just as well drawn in this captivating universe."-- "RT Book Reviews "(4 1/2 stars)

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