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- Listening Length: 20 hours and 1 minute
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 May 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ITG9U2Q
The Crimson Campaign: The Powder Mage, Book 2 Audio Download – Unabridged
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I didn't need any reminding or much time to catch-up, I was back in and enthralled from the first chapter.
This starts with the Kez about to mount their attack; Taniel in a bad way back in Adopest (after his previous confrontation with a god); Tamas leading his men on the line and Adamat desperately seeking out his kidnapped family.
The main thing here is the pacing: the book runs along like a racehorse. From the front-lines in the war with the Kez, to Tamas -- having a one point been cut off from the main line with a small force of elite troops -- finding his way back into Adro with heavy troops on his tail, and even for Adamat -- there's skirmishes, battles and fights here a-plenty.
It often seems like Adro is surrounded by a myriad of threats, and while the main threat presented here are the Kez -- things appear far more complicated for book 3.
All the main characters have it tough here -- particularly Taniel (a favourite of mine), alongside his hilariously-devious super-sorcerer sidekick Ka-poel -- and in the few quieter moments are allowed to develop a little.
One little part of Adamat's story is resolved here at least (Lord Vetas); while the product of the end of book 1 (Kresimir) isn't touched on at all until the very end, clearly a hold-over for the next book.
A thriller of a read - 4 stars -- if possibly a little too fast-paced for its own good.
Will be back for Autumn Republic.
The military threads of the story were as well written as any I've read since Malazan Book of the Fallen, with plenty of action that seemed to put you right there as well as the logistical side of campaign life, something that gives a sense of authenticity. The story has been expanded pleasingly with some very strong set pieces which make the narrative crackle.
The only thing stopping me giving top marks rather than the 4.5* I'm awarding it is some of the other strands. They lack just a little of the sparkle of Taniel's and Tamas' threads and some of the twists seemed a little strained.
Overall a very good follow up and I'm really looking forward to the third instalment.
The proper order is
1) "Promise of Blood: Book 1 in the Powder Mage trilogy"
2) This book, "The Crimson Campaign"
3) "The Autumn Republic (Powder Mage trilogy)""
I found the concluding book in the library first, and realised after looking at the first chapter that I wanted to read the whole series and do so in order. So I ordered the first two, and read them in sequence.
Sadly even the first chapter of the third book is enough to give away which of the main characters are still alive at that stage, and therefore when I read the first two books I knew that those characters would somehow survive all the impossible situations the author puts them through. For the same reason I'm not going to say much here about the plot of the second book in case some potential readers who have not yet read the first one should find this review.
Brian McClellan is one of those authors who does sometimes kill major characters - even when those characters are incarnate Gods - and your first reading of the first book, or indeed this one, will feature more suspense if you are asking yourself "Can they possibly get out of this?" rather than "How on earth do they get out of this?"
I have seen this series described as "The French Revolution with Wizards.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Part 2 of a trilogy can be a tricky conundrum, the excitement of the world building is over in book 1 and you won’t have a sense of closure like book 3. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sam Tyler
A very good read, complex with many different characters and story lines ExcellentPublished 2 months ago by RogerDodger
An awesome novel. I've enjoyed these books immensely. A great combination of magic with Napoleonic warfare.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Crimson Campaign is the second book in Brian McClellan’s epic Powder Mage series and pretty much picks up the story where it was left off in The Promise of Blood. Read morePublished 5 months ago by adam-p-reviews
Not finished this yet, i'm about 50% but if you enjoyed the first it goes without saying you'll enjoy the 2nd. it ticks along at a fair old pace woth lots of teists and turns.Published 5 months ago by NovemberNick