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The Crimson Campaign (Powder Mage #2)

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  13,401 Ratings  ·  653 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 back
Hardcover, UK edition, 596 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Orbit
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Desmond White More female soldiers and officers, but the only central characters are Vlora (again, not enough screen time in this one) and Ka-poel (I agree with…moreMore female soldiers and officers, but the only central characters are Vlora (again, not enough screen time in this one) and Ka-poel (I agree with Alan, so cool she's worth her own book).(less)

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Dan Schwent
May 11, 2014 Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
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
Jul 28, 2015 Conor rated it really liked it
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
Peter Tr
Jul 31, 2016 Peter Tr rated it really liked it
I had a hard time deciding if i liked this or not.
This book have 4 different POVs. Tamas, Taniel, Adamat & Nila.
Both Tamas' and Taniel's POVs were great. Action packed, full of mystery & intrigue, and a great storytelling for some well built characters (Including sidekicks as Ka-Poel, Olem & Mihali).
Adamat's and Nila's POVs in the other hand, were quite boring. I, not once, found myself interested in Adamat's family, the young Eldaminse, or even Lord Veta's fortune.
I was torn betwee
Feb 06, 2016 Terence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
Tamas's defense strategy on the Kez Adro border fails because of treachery. Even worse Tamas, the majority of the Powder Mages, and a large portion of the army is trapped behind enemy lines. There is no easy way for the Adran army to return to Adro and now they must travel a large mountainous stretch of Kez with no supplies to safely return. Meanwhile Taniel miraculously lived through the destruction of a mountain and he's the last Powder Mage remaining to defend Adro from impossible numbers and ...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
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
Jul 14, 2014 seak rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-review, 2014
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
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
Aug 07, 2014 Kaora rated it it was amazing
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
Mr. Matt
May 20, 2014 Mr. Matt rated it it was amazing
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
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
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 k
Lema A. Wahed
Oct 18, 2016 Lema A. Wahed rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
These books keep getting better and better... Thank God I decided to read this series after it was completed, otherwise those cliffhangers would have left me royally pissed!

I'm always fearful when going into a sequel of losing the safety and coziness that characterizes the first book of a series. Man, this sequel was amazing though; full of action and intrigue and character and plot development. We also get to see more of the world, unravel some of its mysteries but at the same time, face new on
Aug 09, 2016 Kitvaria rated it it was amazing
Took me quite a while to find my way back into the book - but that was my own fault for pausing WAY to long between books...
When I finally got into it again - I absolutely adored it! I got hooked and couldn't stop without massive effort and willpower... (Sleep is overrated...)
It has once again a great and different plots, amazing characters, solid worldbuilding, new ideas and plenty of action, friendship, magic, fighting and humor!
The last 1/4 was an awesome ride, so many twists and turns on all
May 25, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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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
Due to my large December tbr just a few quick sentences. This felt like a middle book. After the great ending of the first book there were some storylines that I thought needed a bit of a wrap-up before we could continue with the overall story, especially Adamant's. That this "wrap-up" took the whole book was a bit disappointing.
Tamas' story had a lot of action and non-stop battles, but lacked a bit of substance for me. Niala got more screen time, but apart from the ending of her story-line I st
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan. Published by Orbit.

I’ve just finished reading Crimson Campaign and it is outstanding. It’s a giant leap in terms of story quality, pacing and character development over the already impressive Promise of Blood and will electrify current fans whilst attracting new ones

Once again we follow the lives of Adamat, Tamaz and Taniel Two-Shot as they defend their homes and homeland from a number of threats, both foreign and domestic. From a basic, what’s going on,
May 16, 2014 Joel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hard-copy
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
Mar 16, 2016 Bcvs rated it really liked it
Quick and dirty! Or rather, sharp and brutal!
Overall it was very good. Fast, interesting and with just the right balance between action and mystery.
However, sometimes it was just too bleak. Not to mention the march of the starving brigades. What was that all about?
Good book. Not for the feint of heart. Definitely reading the next book in the series.
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Jul 16, 2014 Eon ♒Windrunner♒ rated it it was amazing
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,
Sep 27, 2015 Pavle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantastika
Definitivno omiljeni serijal, sada sam ubedjen da ovaj čovek piše baš za mene. Pomalo pati od boljke drugog romana, ali nema veze - DAJTE TREĆI

Milo (Bane of Kings)
Awesome book, loved it as much as the first. Full review coming soon!
Jun 03, 2015 Hudson rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Loving this series.
May 11, 2014 Lady*M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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

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
Jake Menne
Aug 09, 2016 Jake Menne rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
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
Jul 31, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 27, 2013 Abhinav added it
Shelves: 2013-read
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.
Apr 05, 2016 Dusty rated it it was amazing
A very good book. The plot is coming along nicely without being predictable. Looking forward to reading the next one.
Victoria Harris
Dec 24, 2015 Victoria Harris rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Excellent sequel.
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