We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$25.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (787 )
5 star
 (513)
4 star
 (237)
3 star
 (32)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.6 (708 )
5 star
 (470)
4 star
 (198)
3 star
 (37)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.7 (708 )
5 star
 (500)
4 star
 (183)
3 star
 (21)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Ethan M. Philadelphia 02-18-15
    Ethan M. Philadelphia 02-18-15 Member Since 2005

    On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2280
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    152
    102
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    709
    15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Even better than the first, with a few new quirks"

    I really enjoyed the first book of the Powder Mage trilogy, and was, in many ways, even more impressed by the second. After the ending of the first book, I was a bit worried that this novel would represent the typical weak middle of a fantasy trilogy, especially a trilogy by a new writer, but McClellan does a great job of both upping the stakes and the action, as well as providing many twists without punching too many holes in the plot. In short, if you liked the first book, this one has more magic, more detective work, and more Napoleonic battles, and is generally better in every way.

    Except... There were a few annoyances that crept into this novel. The first was purely stylistic. McClellan really likes cutting between his characters, leaving them at cliff-hanger moments to jump to the next POV. While this can sometimes build excitement and suspense, it starts to get a little tiring, as plots are interrupted at key moments, and sometimes only returned to after the action is complete. It isn't terrible, but it did bother me at particular points.

    The second problem is a bit deeper. McClellan is not particularly good at writing about relationships. He tells us that people love each other, but it is usually completely unconvincing. For example, the ex-fiancee of one of the main characters is someone we are apparently supposed to care a lot about, but she remains a cypher, as does the relationships between most of the other couples in the novel. Some time is spent on her motivations, but it is hard to really get invested in it, given how little personality or back story she has.

    At the root of this, the problem really seems to be that McClellan has trouble writing women, a not altogether unheard-of problem in fantasy. His main female characters are all rather odd and one-dimensional, ranging from mute women to venial generals to the strangely maternal and sketchily-written laundress. With one exception, there really is no overt issue here, it isn't like the author seems to have a problem with women or placing them in positions of authority or power, more that he doesn't feel comfortable using them as characters, which results in some oddness in the novel, especially in relationships. (The exception, by the way, is that in this novel McClellan uses rape, and the threat of rape, quite a bit in ways that seemed unnecessary and uncomfortable).

    Don't let these criticisms turn you away from the series, which really is quite good, and better than most epic fantasy. The worldbuilding is terrific, the action is great, and the reading is superb. I am already downloading the next one as I write this review.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Hassan 05-15-14
    Hassan 05-15-14 Member Since 2015

    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= :'(

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1475
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    399
    224
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    362
    11
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 03-27-15
    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 03-27-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    24
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "egh, so so."

    This book was ok. Characters lack depth, and lack any level of maturity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christopher Southlake, TX, United States 02-27-15
    Christopher Southlake, TX, United States 02-27-15 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Story continues in the 2nd book, but drags a bit.."

    With this being the 2nd book in the trilogy, the story does drag a bit. There are some interesting character arcs and we get more in depth into some of their backgrounds- some questions are answered, and more arise.

    Overall though, the story is lacking a bit of tension and drama. It's not that there aren't significant challenges for the characters to overcome, but they all feel significant only relative to the characters themselves as opposed to world changing, epic struggles (though I suppose there are still hints and overtones of that). Some of what happens in this book feels extraneous though, and I think a lot of it could have been condensed or omitted without loosing much of the essence (but that's obviously a highly subjective opinion).

    The good news is that, at this point, you're up to speed with who the characters are, what is happening in this world, and (on a surface level) why. Very few new characters are introduced in this book, which is actually a plus in my mind. I do think the characters themselves are a bit more "fleshed" out in this book as opposed to the 1st- they feel more real and "flawed" (in a good way).

    Again, Christian Rodska does a fair job with most of the characters- a few are a bit too close to distinguish easily, but there is a pretty wide range of inflections and dialects that he can use to help embellish their readings, but it's not as effective as some of the other readers I've heard. Also, as mentioned in my 1st review, his younger characters and the opposite gender doesn't come off as believably. But there are a few characters that he just nails- when it's good, it's really good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    JPaladin 07-29-14
    JPaladin 07-29-14 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    147
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    119
    76
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    29
    17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ann 05-26-14
    Ann 05-26-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    176
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Zac Knoxville,Tn 05-12-14
    Zac Knoxville,Tn 05-12-14 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    33
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    151
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Christina Cockeysville, MD, United States 05-08-14
    Christina Cockeysville, MD, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Richard J. Santini 07-02-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "no muddled middle book in this series"

    I almost always hate listening to the 2nd book in a series, but this book was better then the first . I can not wait to hear the last story in the trilogy. Story picks up with the end of book one and never slows down. the author shares more character insight in this novel, yet the way he changes from character to character in the mist of action seems to slow the book down somewhat. that is my only complaint with this story. this is a must listen, you won't be sorry for buying this book. the narrator did another stellar job with this one. there are many different characters in the story and when he switches from one to another during conversation it's spot on every time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robert L Jeffs 05-24-15 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "very good twist on epic fantasy"

    Loved the book. Can't wait for the next installment in the series. Won't let you down with it's twists and unexpected turns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.