Promise of Blood, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Winner of the 2013 David Gemmell Morningstar Award, Promise of Blood is the explosive first novel in the most action-packed and acclaimed new fantasy series in years. It's a bloody business, overthrowing a king. Now, amid the chaos, a whispered rumour is spreading.

A rumour about a broken promise, omens of death and the gods returning to walk the earth.

No one really believes these whispers. Perhaps they should.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592 pages, maps (black and white)
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780356502007



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Found that it dragged a bit occasionally but overall I found it an interesting story.It's the aftermath of a revolution, Field Marshall Tamas has killed the aristocrats and the members of the elite magical corps, he himself is a powder mage, someone who has affinity for gunpowder and in fact uses it like a drug. The complications that ensue are not what he expected. Dude, Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance... it's a military adage and at his level he should have known better.I think the story could possibly have been better if it was told from the point of view of only one character but overall I found it interesting, I want to read the sequel but non-urgently to be honest. Some of the concepts sounded a lot familiar from other series, the gunpowder is a straight riff from the metal-mages from Brandon Sanderson, but it was also interesting to see a magical world with gunpowder.

Also in the The Powder Mage Trilogy series