Promise of Blood – Brian McClellan (Review)

Promise of Blood

Promise of Blood (book one of the Powder Mage trilogy) is fantasy, but not standard fantasy – not fantasy of the expected pattern. It’s flintlock fantasy, so the technology is different, but that’s only part of it. Brian McClellan’s book is a book in which a typical fantasy world is updating, progressing.

The book is set in a society in flux – it was once exactly what you’d expect from the genre, with wizards and magical cities and monsters in the high passes, but all of that is changing. The common people are organising into trade unions, magic mixes with musket fire on battlefields, and a new rival to the power of the mages is rising. Continue reading “Promise of Blood – Brian McClellan (Review)”

The Thousand Names – Django Wexler (Review)

The Thousand Names

The Thousand Names is atypical for a fantasy book – the genre tends to focus on a Europe analogue set in a vaguely Medieval era.

Django Wexler’s book is based around neither of those things. For one thing, it’s set significantly later, with a level of technology that roughly equates to the real world’s Napoleonic era. Instead of armoured knights and flights of arrows, you get bayonet charges under artillery fire. It’s flintlock fantasy. Continue reading “The Thousand Names – Django Wexler (Review)”