The Crimson Campaign (The Powder Mage, #2)
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The Crimson Campaign (The Powder Mage #2)

4.41 of 5 stars 4.41  ·  rating details  ·  2,743 ratings  ·  237 reviews
'The hounds at our heels will soon know we are lions' Tamas's invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counter-offensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies, and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and b...more
Hardcover, UK edition, 596 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dan Schwent
Tamas is lost behind enemy lines and presumed dead. Taniel Two-Shot is wasting his life away in mala dens. And Adamat is hunting for his missing wife. Not only that, Kresimir lives and is looking for the man who shot him in the eye...

So yeah. This was pretty great. As much as I loved the first volume, Promise of Blood, this book slightly surpassed it.

The Crimson Campaign is everything the second book in a trilogy should be. The danger is ramped up to 11 and beyond, the characters continue to evo...more
4.5 Stars

The Crimson Campaign is a brilliant follow-up to Brian McClellan's promising debut Promise of Blood. In only his second full-length novel (having also released a number of cool short stories set in this universe) McClellan produces another fast paced story with a complex plot, deep, sympathetic characters and the same intriguing magic system. He also improves on many of the features of his previous book while managing to avoid ‘middle book syndrome’ where the second book in a trilogy i...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I find myself thoroughly enjoying the Powder Mage series. Brian McClellan’s star continues to rise, following up last year’s debut Promise of Blood with a strong sequel. While there were some parts I thought he did better in the first book, others that were better in the second, overall I can’t be happier with the direction this trilogy is taking.

The book starts out by easing readers back into the setting. With the help o...more
David Sven
As good as the first book My review of Promise of Blood". The story picks up where the last book left off barely skipping a beat.

Christian Rodska again does a great job with the audio narration. I think if I read this on kindle I would still have Rodska's voice for Tamas stuck in my mind. I love his French accent in particular for the Kez - and why not French in a novel that emulates industrial France during the French revolution. Although, it's a little peculiar given that the revolutionaries...more
I have a bit of a confession that some of you may find surprising. Perhaps even shocking.

I am a bookaholic. I am addicted to books and even while reading books I often count the pages until the end of the book and the point in time where I can start YET ANOTHER BOOK.

But every once in a while a book comes along that grips me so completely that I forget to count pages, and instead feel both excitement and dread each page flip as it brings me ever closer to the end of the time I am lost in another...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
The Crimson Campaign picks up right where Promise of Blood left off in Adro. The Kez are at the Adran's doorstep and Tamas' plan to get behind them has back-fired, Taniel is drugged out and not looking to improve, and Adamat is still searching for his kidnapped family.

It used to be, a sequel was just a bridge to the exciting events of the final volume of the trilogy. Not so here and with a lot of trilogies I've been reading lately. Crimson Campaign belongs to a new breed of sequels. Where the s...more
Well this a non stop action read. Very well written, with tension oozing in all of the 3 storylines.

Highly recomended to all who have read the first book and those who havent I have to say you are very lucky to read both books straight after each other, this will make the reading much more enjoyable.

Most of the characters have matured and filled out in the new book, apart from one.
Mr. Matt
The Crimson Campaign was so good I literally had to stop reading it. I was in New Orleans on vacation with my wife and I had to put the book down. With Tamas’ small army trapped against the Fingers by an overwhelming force of Kez cavalry I was unwilling to read it without devoting my full attention to it. (Rest assured, I finished it on the flight home).

The Powder Mage series is not so much a set of books as a revolutionary event. The fantasy genre was growing stale, with adventurous stories in...more
Alex Ristea
Brilliant! One of my top reads of 2014 for sure.

I'm telling you right now that this is an author to watch. Brian's first novel was good, but I wasn't fully convinced. This one sealed the deal, and I feel confident in predicting that he'll be a major player in the Fantasy genre for years to come.

The thing that worked best in this book is the incredibly tight writing. There are no wasted scenes. Each is introduced perfectly with goals and motivations, and ends in a place where you can't help but k...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Have I mentioned how much I hate cliffhangers????

Well let me repeat...I HATE CLIFFHANGERS. I mean, I'm really, really not fond of them...really, I'm not.

I waited a year for this book....

And it's a great book. Everything the first had going for it this one has going for it. There's only one thing in the actual book I find a flaw and no where near a deal breaker.

But now I'm waiting....again...and I'm past 60. Come on Mr. McClellan, I don't have as many years left as I used to!

This opens where we...more
Executive Summary: Another great entry in this series that I found even more enjoyable than the first.

Full Review
I have a feeling I'm going to be sick of Flintlock Fantasy soon. Not because this book is bad, but quite the opposite. I think that this series and Django Wexler's Shadow Campaign series is going to inspire a whole bunch of other people to write Flintlock Fantasy until we're saturated with it.

The story picks up right where Promise of Blood leaves off. Taniel is sort of suffering a ki...more
Full Review:

Once again, I enjoyed the world that Brian McClellan has created for the Powder Mage Trilogy. There’s a wonderfully engaging blend of politics, intrigue, magic and even meddling Gods. And this one comes packed with emotional, tense and emotionally tense moments.

The Crimson Campaign contains three storylines, which may be connected at some point in the larger picture, but in this, they were all rather distinct and could be stories that would ho...more
Joel Pearson
Yet another in a long line of disappointing and uninteresting sophomore efforts from new authors. Sigh.

....kidding. This book was awesome.

The Crimson Campaign returns us to Adro and Kez, right where Promise of Blood left off. Crimson follows three of the main cogs - Field Marshall Tamas, Captian Taniel Two-Shot, and Inspector Adamat. Tamas is trapped in Kez after a full scale attack, cut off from the rest of the Adran troops, with little hope of survival or reinforcements.

Oh, and everyone think...more
Bane of Kings
Awesome book, loved it as much as the first. Full review coming soon!
4+ stars

I noticed lately that no matter how I rated the book in the series or how much I liked it, most of the time I need to reread it in order to get back into the world when the sequel is released. Sometime, I've even written a review and I can't remember the bare bones of the story, let alone the characters' names. Maybe it's the age catching up with me or sheer number of books I'm reading and the books just started to bland in.

But, this was not the case with The Crimson Campaign. In a coup...more
Jake Menne
Never a dull moment! There was continuous action, mystery, and intrigue in all the Point of Views.

Although by no means logistically perfect this is one of my favorite magic systems. And it is actually utilized with some frequency! The setting is also new and refreshing and works very well.

I liked this one better than Promise of Blood. Everything seemed to be supercharged. Taniel and Ka-Poel are one of my new favorite duos. Their point of view is especially exciting with nonstop action and tensio...more
I enjoyed the first book, Promise of Blood, and I'm pleased to say this one is even better. From experience of writing my own fantasy series, the second book was more fun and easier to write because you've already laid down the rules, introduced characters etc, and I think this is why Crimson Campaign also benefits -it's basically a non-stop adventure chase, filled with huge battles, great dialogue and epic landscapes. I think the book has a fresh concept and vast width for potential scope with...more
This book ROCKED!

The story picks up just where it left off, and I was quickly able to get back into this world. Tamas, Taniel, Adamat, Ka-Poel, Borbador - all of them are back and are all tested in the face of adversity. There is so much going on in this book, but never to the detriment of the story which flowed downhill with the pace of a raging torrent. Yep, cliffhangers deluxe.

Brian McClellan's first book, Promise of Blood, was excellent and I really liked it. His second book is even better,...more
L.K. Evans

FEBRUARY! I have to wait until February for the third book to be released! I can’t believe I have to wait that long! FEBRUARY!

Okay, I might have gone a tinsy bit character crazy. I loved them in the first book, and now I’m thoroughly character obsessed. Needless to say, the night I finished this I got little to no sleep. I kept playing over what could possibly happen in book 3. I should have stopped with Promise of Blood. I should’ve waited to start the second one. I just didn’t thin...more
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I've read an early version of this book and I have to say that I quite enjoyed it. I look forward to reading the final version. Rating/review will be when I get an actual ARC of the book.

In short I'm rather disappointed by how this novel progressed. Following the events of the previous novel I was hoping for something new and different. However, I received a novel which continued to follow normal fantasy conventions and did not really highlight any fascinating character development for me. But then again, I put most of this down to my own fantasy taste more than anything else.

The first novel introduced an interesting world of gods, gunpowder mages, privileged mages and other odd...more
This was a reaally darn good book!
I had so much trouble putting it down, I gave up and read to the end instead.

It felt as though the author properly took all criticism from his first book and actually worked on those weaknesses.
There was much more action, the characters were further developed and had more personality, and there were fewer lulls or 'middle chapters' in the book.
I felt more of a connection to the characters (view spoiler)...more
Too damn good. While I hate the cliffhanger and some other things bothered me I immensely enjoyed this.
Brandon Zarzyczny
The Crimson Campaign is an excellent sequel that manages to build and set up the larger story for the climax of the trilogy in the third book, while still having a strong beginning middle and end in this book. There is still a bit of a cliff hanger, but I'll forgive it, as long as I don't have to wait too long for the third book. :) This novel is full to the brim with awesome musket fantasy action, along with character building between the the battles. The book is once again split into three mai...more
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Last year I discovered one cracking debut. Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan, it was one of the best and most fresh and exciting fantasy books that I had read in a while. Brian McClellan together with Django Wexler really set the "flintlock" fantasy on the charts and proves that this is really cool stuff to write about. I nominated Promise of Blood as best debut and had really high hopes for the sequel. Promise of Blood introduced u...more
I wrapped this one up just the other day. It's a solid 2nd book in The Powder Mage series which stands up just fine against book 1, Promise of Blood. I love the characters, and it has a unique world and magic system.

As I stated before, this is my first books in sub-genre of Flintlock Fantasy. So its a small challenge for me to really get into at times, but just because my fantasy reading fare has almost exclusively been in the medieval type settings. I'm sure most will not have as hard an issue...more
Beth Cato
People often speak of the second book of a trilogy as the weakest. No worries about that here. McClellan has written a tense, dramatic read in a series that breathes new life into the epic fantasy genre. This is an almost 600-page book that zooms by and leaves you desperate for the next.

One of the major problems I have with GRRM's Song of Ice and Fire is that I care for only a few of the characters, but have to slog through the rest of the cast. The Powder Mage books feature characters who are c...more
Promise of Blood had to take some time to make roots in my heart. This one went straight into it, making it love from the first till the last pages. There were a lot of the same aspects as in 'Promise of Blood' that I enjoyed. We can see the world outside of Adro, even if the worldbuilding wasn't deepened much in this book. It is the characters and the plot that make it shine.

Tamas is truly in his element now: war. No more politics and intrigues - just the setting that allows Tamas to show his...more
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