Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I think this was a Goodreads recommendation and I really liked the cover. After I’d read the synopsis I got really intrigued. “The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.“
It is a story taking place after the good guys have won. The king is overthrown. The nobility dead. But it is not that easy to change a country to a democracy. The people av starving and they are facing invasion by the neighbouring nation. But there are also unseen threats. Old powers are finding a way back into the world, and it all has to do with Kresimir’s Promise.
I didn’t really have any idea if this story would be good, and what to really expect, but it was so much more than I had imagined. Two parallel
main magic systems, and there might be a third and fourth one as well. Characters from different cultures, of different ages, both male and female. The world is vast, and the story rich.
This was a really good book. I listened to it as an audiobook and do recommend that. Perfect for driving, going by bus, doing the dishes, cooking… You can listen to it on hours on end without getting tired. Definitely going to continue this series.
The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it.
It’s a bloody business overthrowing a king…
Field Marshal Tamas’ coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas’s supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces.
Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail.
But when gods are involved…
Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should…