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The Crimson Campaign: The Powder Mage Trilogy, Book 2 | [Brian McClellan]

The Crimson Campaign: The Powder Mage Trilogy, Book 2

Tamas's invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counter-offensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies, and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god, Kresimir.
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Publisher's Summary

When invasion looms...

Tamas' invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counteroffensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies, and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god, Kresimir.

But the threats are closer to home...

In Adro, Inspector Adamat only wants to rescue his wife. To do so he must track down and confront the evil Lord Vetas. He has questions for Vetas concerning his enigmatic master, but the answers will lead Adamat on a darker journey.

Who will lead the charge?

Tamas' generals bicker among themselves, the brigades lose ground every day beneath the Kez onslaught, and Kresimir wants the head of the man who shot him in the eye. With Tamas and his powder cabal presumed dead, Taniel Two-shot finds himself as the last line of defense against Kresimir's advancing army.

In a rich, distinctive world that mixes magic with technology, who could stand against mages that control gunpowder and bullets? The Crimson Campaign is the epic sequel to Brian McClellan's Promise of Blood.

©2014 Brian McClellan (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    Hassan 05-15-14
    Hassan 05-15-14 Member Since 2014

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "I Was Extremely Surprised!!"

    This book was so much better than the first book... I didn't expect it to be like this.. when i red the first book, i have enjoyed it, but didn't really love it.. but this book made me a big fan of the series. Characters really develop in this book and secrets come to life.. I was really amazed of the the events and how things changed to the characters.

    The ending of this book was really good... I can't wait to get the third book and know how things end.

    Narration was really awesome... The narrator brought the characters to life and gave them for each a unique identity.

    I highly recommend this book and this series .

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 05-26-14
    Ann 05-26-14
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    "very enjoyable"

    Moving between three points of view/of the story. The young ones start to grow up, and the old ones learn a bit of humility. Really wish the third story was out. Good characterization, good narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zac Knoxville,Tn 05-12-14
    Zac Knoxville,Tn 05-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Upped the ante"
    If you could sum up The Crimson Campaign in three words, what would they be?

    Ho Lee Shit


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Crimson Campaign?

    Taniel's moments of rage and how I wished he could just cut loose and bash all the generals.


    What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic performance all around.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I hate this question. No sane person would want to listen to ANY book for 20 hrs straight. Was it good? It was absolutely fantastic. Do I want to listen to the next? Hell yeah. This series just catapulted to the "read/listen-to-the-day-it-is-released" list.


    Any additional comments?

    A+, five stars, out of the ballpark. This is one of the best sequels I've listened to/read. Characterization is off the charts, action is whiplash, and creativity is phenomenal. Thank you, Mr. McClellan for a wonderful three days.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Cockeysville, MD, United States 05-08-14
    Christina Cockeysville, MD, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Need More Time with these Characters!"

    This book starts off with an action sequence and throws us right in to the midst of the characters' struggles-Adamat seeking to rescue his wife and children, Taniel's attempts to forget what he's done, and Tamas' efforts to bring his piece of the army to Adro. We see other familiar characters as well. (No spoilers) I have only two complaints about this book. It is the second book in the trilogy so, while some problems are overcome, many situations remain unresolved. Given the author's attention to detail and character development, I am certain everything will be wrapped up nicely in the third book. My second complaint is that this book is too short and too good. I want more in this series and I want it now.

    This book contains sleuthing; military campaigning; characters sinking to greater depths or rising to heights of heroism, understanding, and bravery; a bit of romance, intrigue, treachery, and humor. Fans of Promise of Blood are sure to love The Crimson Campaign. I also recommend the Audible short stories set in the same universe-The Girl of Hrush Avenue, Forsworn, and Hope's End.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Lockeford, US, Canada 01-20-15
    Jon Lockeford, US, Canada 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent storytelling!"

    well done, unique story that continues the tale off the powder mages. book 2 definitely contains more cliff hangers than book 1. These appear through out the story not just at charter endings.

    if you like unique magic abilities combined with semi modern technology you will appreciate this trilogy.

    the narrator does a superb job. very consistent for the most part though at times you can hear some evidence off re-recording.

    overall it is an excellent book that is well deserving of a spot on any sci-fi fantasy fans shelf.

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    Jake 01-01-15
    Jake 01-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Solid characters and fun read"

    (9/10) Thoroughly enjoyable. Great characters, solid plot and just plain fun the whole way. Best fantasy read since Abercrombie.

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    Jonathan Oberlin, OH, United States 09-01-14
    Jonathan Oberlin, OH, United States 09-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Just as good as book 1."

    I've listened to a lot of books on Audible. If I made a list of the 10 most enjoyable series this would rank among them. The characters are interesting, the world is well thought out, the writing and narration are both top notch. I have nothing bad to say about this book. Hopefully there won't be year and a half wait for the 3rd in the trilogy.

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    Reader 08-09-14
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    What made the experience of listening to The Crimson Campaign the most enjoyable?

    The story's great, with engaging characters doing interesting things in an interesting world.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rodska – was your favorite?

    My favourite character is Taniel, but I didn't think the narrator did a great job on his voice.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator had REALLY GOOD old-man voices, and lots of different accents - maybe too many, considering that a lot of these people were raised in the same place. But his voices for young men were pretty terrible. Bo, especially, sounded like a ninety-year old drunk with no teeth, which was a bit weird when the text was going on about how young Bo was, and how you could only see his age in his eyes.

    I can see how it would be really challenging to do distinctive voices for a book with so many characters, but I would have been happy with less distinctiveness and more connection to the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JPaladin 07-29-14
    JPaladin 07-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than the first book."

    Really enjoyed this one. Some of the characters really came into their own and the relationships and storyline became more compelling.

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    S. Mason Philadelphia, Pa 05-18-14
    S. Mason Philadelphia, Pa 05-18-14

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    "It Just Keeps Getting Better!"
    If you could sum up The Crimson Campaign in three words, what would they be?

    Spectacularly Authentic World!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite Character: Taniel "Two-Shot"Why: He's a reckless, uninterested hero whose not always certain as to why he is fighting at all. Moreover, once committed to a goal, he unrelentingly pursues it.


    What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

    Christian makes all the characters come to life, from the important to the trifling. His voice is perfect for the world's uniqueness, providing a level of distinctiveness to all characters. Additionally, he changes each character's voice depending on the circumstances of their individual experiences within the story itself--he is absolutely fantastic in this regard! I like all of this.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes (*SPOILER ALERT*): When Adamat finally rescued his wife only to find Lord Vetas still holding her as a hostage, I thought it was all over. I gasped! Not only did he lose his oldest son, because of Vetas, and his family had been incessantly tortured by him, all Adamat fought for was now lost. That was until Bo came to the rescue unexpectedly!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. McClellan has created a uniquely genuine story world, which blends 19th century modernity with medieval fantasy. This world has its own popular culture, language, and history--all reasonable in the context of the series. McClellan's world comes alive through his introduction of Knacks, Marks, Privileges, and Powder Mages. In a number of important ways his series is comparable to A Game of Thrones, but even better due to the authentic world of the Nine. I highly recommend this series to any reader who has enjoyed a Game of Thrones series thus far and, most importantly, enjoys an authentically crafted fictional world!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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