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Promise of Blood

By Brian McClellan

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An explosive epic fantasy debut for fans of George R. R. Martin and Brent Weeks, which starts with a bloody coup and has action and intrigue on every page

'The Age of Kings is dead. And I have killed it.'

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 greedy scrambling 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.

Biographical Notes

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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  • ISBN: 9780356501994
  • Publication date: 16 Apr 2013
  • Page count: 560
McClellan's debut is a lot of fun - a historically influenced fantastical romp filled with machismo, intrigue and magic — SCIFI NOW
An engaging and wonderfully written work that is going to do great things in the fantasy genre this year — FANTASY FACTION
Excellent . . . a ripping yarn — Buzzfeed
Brian McClellan is a veritable word mage and I shall remain on the edge of my seat with anticipation, excitement and impatience until Book 2, The Crimson Campaign, comes out — BOOKBAG
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