Captain Tamas is an ambitious young officer in the Adran army. As a commoner, he is one of very few without noble blood to hold a rank. When he challenges the son of a duke over an insult, the subsequent duel lands him in hot water with the nobility and the royal cabal of Privileged sorcerers. Tamas is soon drawn into a conflict that goes to the very highest office in the land, and his only ally is the most unlikely of people; a young noblewoman named Erika, who needs Tamas to teach her how to wield her powers as a powder mage.
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Yes. If you've read any of the powder mage stories, you'll really enjoy this early story of Tamas. I really enjoyed listening to young Tamas. You see some of the experiences that shape the Field Marshal he is going to become. It's interesting to watch how he handles the discrimination he faces from the nobility for his low birth and odd powers, but also how he is forced to confront some of his own preconceptions of others.
I love his encounters with Erika, a young woman who knows what she wants! Tamas is not really equipped to handle her, and its a fun dynamic to follow!
It was like he was out of breath as he was reading, and he had no concept of the punctuation in the story. He'd just read right through periods, without stopping, which really messed up some of the structure of the story. Then all of a sudden, he'd do this great job at voices and dialogue, and I would glimpse a great narrator. Then he'd just go back to this bored, breathy run-on sentence narration. It was really disappointing to what could have been a great story
"The best of the Powder Mage Novellas"
Story – 5/5
This was my favourite of all of the novellas/short stories in the powder mage world. It was detailed and substantial enough to get a full story out of it, and was a really nice bit of background of how Tamas met his wife Erika. The action was expertly written, as usual from McClellan, and the political intrigue and romance intertwined left me wanting a whole lot more.
If you are a big fan of the main trilogy, and you want more while waiting for the next novel, I found it well worth buying this in a 40% off sale.
Performance – 3.5/5
It took a bit to get used to Daniel Dorse, and once I had, I was able to enjoy the story a lot more. His voice acting in very good, but he just sounded a bit dreary when describing the scenes. It may have just been me.
Overall – 4.5/5
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