on 22 February 2014
I read positive reviews of 'A Promise of Blood' by this author. The world he has created sounds interesting and a little different to the usual swords and sorcery worlds my imagination loves to explore. It feel like McCellan has brought the fantasy timeline to somewhere around the 18th Century. Pistols and Rifles are available in the world, but sword play is still relevant and there are a couple of schools of magic- the 'traditional' elementalist mages, and Powder Mages who use magic stemming from gunpowder to perform supernatural feats.
McCellan writes to that excellent level that doesnt really feel like reading a book, but looking through a window into a new world. His prose flows nicely and characters have differing personalities and wit. The world is well constructed and is described with a delicate balance of details, not overly wordy descriptions, but just enough to fuel the imagination.
I tried this short story to get a taste of his writing style and immediately bought A Promise of Blood when I finished this story. If you are a fan of fantasy books, I strongly recommend giving this one a try!
on 23 July 2014
I have not read anything by Brian McClellan before this, but i have heard of the Powder Mage series.
This is a brilliant short story, that managed to set the scene of the world with a character that you attached to. It really reminded me of the Sharpe novels.
My only complaint was the lack of a 'Powder Mage'. But this only drives me to start reading his novels.