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The Crimson Campaign (The Powder Mage…
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The Crimson Campaign (The Powder Mage Trilogy (2)) (udgave 2015)

af Brian McClellan (Forfatter)

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After his attempted invasion of Kez fails, Tamas must retreat to defend his country from the angry god, Kresimir, while Inspector Adamat tries to rescue his wife from the evil Lord Vetas in this sequel to Promise of Blood.
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Titel:The Crimson Campaign (The Powder Mage Trilogy (2))
Forfattere:Brian McClellan (Forfatter)
Info:Orbit (2015), Edition: Reprint, 640 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nothing actually gets resolved, everyone is more or less right where they were at the start. That said, still a fun read. ( )
  dntbrsnbl | Dec 30, 2020 |
For a second book, this was great. Want to get right into book 3 ( )
  Saraishelafs | Nov 4, 2020 |
This took me 2 tries to read. My first try, I made it about 45% of the way through the book, felt slogged by the story, and set it aside. It was good, but really dragging around that 45% mark.

This week I picked it back up, plowed through the next 5%, and the rest of it just fell into place. I love Brian's books, but even the best can drag every now and then. If you get almost halfway through and feel the same, trust me, keep going. The rest of the book is an avalanche of action and then it's over and you're ready for the next one... ( )
  kodermike | Jul 31, 2020 |
For all you fans of the grimdark fantasy epics, this one shines bright. Blindingly so.

I particularly like the fact that we stick with the same three PoV's as the first book, namely Inspector Adamat with his quest back at home, Taniel with his self-destructive god-killing front-line support, and Tamas far into enemy territory fighting the war against Kez while the rest of the army assumes that he's long-dead.

There's a lot of war and interesting developments, here, but primarily it's all about the war. For myself, I think I still prefer Adamat's revenge-fueled mystery at home, but Taniel's storyline probably has the most fascinating developments. It helps that a god-chef manages to steal the show practically every single time he shows up on the page. :)

I'm not generally a huge fan of extended campaigns of war but these are quite decent. I think I like the premise of the magic system even more, though. I keep imagining all these musketeers snorting vast quantities of cocaine rather than horns of gunpowder. Snort, snort, snort. And thankfully, even though some of the highs and lows could definitely be extended to such drug use, this isn't the main focus of the tale. Indeed, life and death are on the line and we've got an entire army to manage, here!

Still, it's something to consider, horribly so, for the next novel!

All in all, this is a pretty fascinating continuation and its hook is genuinely cool. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
The Crimson Campaign is the second in the Powder Mage Trilogy by Brian McClellan. If you enjoyed the first book there's a pretty good chance you'll enjoy this one. Gods, magic, a struggle for survival, the desire for revenge and what a man will do for his family dominate the story lines of all three points of view.

With the city of Adopest put back in order, Field Marshal Tamas focuses his attention on the protection of the nation as the Kez attack Adro's border. Tamas takes his army north and commits a tactical error that leaves him and two division trapped behind enemy lines without supplies or any hope of reinforcements. I really enjoyed Tamas' story line. We see a completely different side of the Field Marshal, a more human one, as he has to face self-doubt about his own decision making and awareness that his age may be affecting more than just his physical strength.

Recovering from his attempt to kill Kresimir, Taniel wallows in his own self-pity in a drug-induced stupor until he hears news of his father's supposed death. Realizing that the army is in trouble, and that he might be the only remaining Powder Mage, Taniels and his companion Ka-poel rejoin the war effort. Taniel is such a hothead that I wanted to shake him so many times! It was great to follow his character's growth to see how a self absorbed individual can transform into one willing to make a sacrifice to the country, and woman, he loves.

Back in Adopest, Inspector Adamat is desperate to free his family from the cruel Lord Vetas. While slightly less interesting than the other two points of view, Adamat grows into a man who realizes that his family is the most important thing in his life and he's ready to pay any price to protect it. Desperation and love are powerful motivators.

As you can imagine given the set up, the action remains intense and there is plenty of magic throughout. The pacing is spot on and the switches between POVs kept me wanting more each time.

Again, there are some annoyances with the book and they are fairly minor. I really, really want to know more about Ka-poel! And what the heck is going on with Nila?? Some of the situations the characters ended up in seemed rather convenient but I was having so much fun I could look past it.

As with book one, many plot threads are left dangling at the end. I'm really looking forward to see how everything is wrapped up in the third book. ( )
  Narilka | Oct 6, 2019 |
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