Promise of Blood : Book 1 in the Powder Mage trilogy, Paperback Book

Promise of Blood : Book 1 in the Powder Mage trilogy Paperback

Part of the Powder Mage trilogy series

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Winner of the 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.'Just plain awesome . . . Innovative magic, quick-paced plot, interesting world.

I had a blast' Brandon Sanderson'Gunpowder and magic.

An explosive combination' Peter Brett'Brings a welcome breath of gunpowder-tinged air to epic fantasy' Anthony Ryan'Tense action, memorable characters, rising stakes . . . Brian McClellan is the real thing' Brent Weeks


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780356502007

Other Formats



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Showing 1 - 1 of 1 reviews.

Review by

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 by Brian McClellan   |  View all

Also in the Powder Mage trilogy series   |  View all