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ISBN13: 9780316219037
ISBN10: 0316219037
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"Borrowing from the French Revolution, McClellan's debut (the first in a planned trilogy) is a gritty tale of political overthrow complicated by divine retribution. Field Marshal Tamas leads a coup to prevent his country from being handed over to the hated Kez, sending profligate King Manhouch and his nobles to the guillotine. Concerned by their cryptic final oaths about 'Kresimir's Promise,' Tamas hires former inspector Adamat to learn the phrase's meaning. Tamas's son, Taniel Two-Shot, meanwhile chases a rogue sorceress to the Kez-besieged Holy City, Kresim Kurga, to stop her from summoning a vengeful deity. McClellan neatly mixes intrigue and action, effectively showing the tensions among uneasy allies (military, church, underworld) in a society where new forces like labor unions, gunpowder-armed soldiers, and explosion-causing 'powder mages' clash with traditional magics, mores, and beliefs. While the villains are too obvious, they're balanced by sympathetic portraits of dutiful folks caught up on both sides of the rebellion. Agent: Caitlin Blasdell, Liza Dawson Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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MelHay, August 25, 2013 (view all comments by MelHay)
There is someone after the man who lead the rebellion against the King and Adamat is hired to investigate who along with other information Tamas is looking for.

Adamat is summoned to the King, before morning light, to find the copious number of lanterns taxed paid for - out. Darkness surrounds the palace also lacking the forever present guards. With each step, his suspicions rise of what may have happened. Adamat is summoned by the Field Marshal for his known investigation skills when he was on the police force, to ask to investigate now. A coup meant to help the poor people of Adro, but the panic spreads with news of the King falling, even if he was a broken king with only debts remaining. There are always different groups of loyalty in a kingdom, some now wage war for their now lost king and slaughtered nobility. The city's divided. The information Adamat needs - about Kresimir's Promise - is missing from every book in the city after he's found ways into the opposing Royalists. Now he needs to travel to talk to the one remaining Privileged, who also now has a mark on his head. But what those at work for the people don't know, could kill them all.

We learn right away why and who overthrew the King. But there was mor in the works as well that muddy up the outcome of the land. With each page the story grows deeper, the world sharper and bigger, the magics defined. This is how fantasy is done. Everything with each word and interest is held with whats to come.

We have four Point Of Views we follow. Neat having a mystery investigation going on while a war as well. We get all seats as the reader on the war front, in the investigation, the Royalist, and the man who lead the coup. Adamat, the investigator looking to get us the history information and also a few possible leads on who's behind the troubles from another kingdom as trouble finds him. Tamas, the Field marshal who set the coup in motion. Taniel, Tamas's son and weapon. Nila, a wash maid who has found herself with one child who's to be dead with the rest of the nobility.

The magic is catching here. I love the feel with the powder mages and their ability to take powders to influence powder and bullets. The key - gun powder. But it's neat. There are different magics here as well. The Privileged are an interesting group that we constantly learn secrets from and of another mysterious group. The Privileged seem to be at odds with the powder mages and a bit on the opposite realm of magic. They have what feels as traditional magic in terms of fantasy and gods. Then there is the gods that left the world as well. There was a strong magic there.

The story. I'm stuck on the idea. the man who kills the king and any chance of distant heirs for the good of the people. Only to still have people loyal to the kings line and an even stronger reason for why the Kings line has been here since the beginning of time. For me this story showed a side we don't always see and I enjoyed it. I can see the right and wrongs in what is being done, but as a reader I'm seeing both sides of the story. The characters aren't. And this makes a grey line that is amazing to follow. I think this is the part that made the story all that much sweeter for me to read. By the end, we learn what the truth of the world is with their gods. And it could create more issues and troubles than any had ever imagined.

What happens after the King and nobles are overthrown? This is it! Loved the feel of different magics and gods here. Loved the fantasy action and wars. This is highly suggested to fans of Brandon Sanderson and Ken Scholes. This is another amazing story of the fantasy I love, and how it's done.

Are the Gods and the stories real? I love what Tamas learns, and means troubles for him and the world - to come. Ooooo to see what's to come!!
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ISBN:
9780316219037
Publisher:
Orbit
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Author:
McClellan, Brian
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Borrowing from the French Revolution, McClellan's debut (the first in a planned trilogy) is a gritty tale of political overthrow complicated by divine retribution. Field Marshal Tamas leads a coup to prevent his country from being handed over to the hated Kez, sending profligate King Manhouch and his nobles to the guillotine. Concerned by their cryptic final oaths about 'Kresimir's Promise,' Tamas hires former inspector Adamat to learn the phrase's meaning. Tamas's son, Taniel Two-Shot, meanwhile chases a rogue sorceress to the Kez-besieged Holy City, Kresim Kurga, to stop her from summoning a vengeful deity. McClellan neatly mixes intrigue and action, effectively showing the tensions among uneasy allies (military, church, underworld) in a society where new forces like labor unions, gunpowder-armed soldiers, and explosion-causing 'powder mages' clash with traditional magics, mores, and beliefs. While the villains are too obvious, they're balanced by sympathetic portraits of dutiful folks caught up on both sides of the rebellion. Agent: Caitlin Blasdell, Liza Dawson Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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