In the Field Marshal's Shadow

Stories from the Powder Mage Universe
Narrated by: Julie Hoverson
Series: The Powder Mage Trilogy, Book 0.4-0.7, 1.5
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
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Five stories from the Powder Mage Universe, including the never-before-published "Green-Eyed Vipers".

"Hope's End"

"The Girl of Hrusch Avenue"

"Green-Eyed Vipers"

"The Face in the Window"

"Return to Honor"

©2013, 2015 Brian McClellan (P)2015 Brian McClellan

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Drop the narrator.

Julie is bad. Doesn’t do her homework. She is a huge letdown compared to Christian.

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Decent stories again ruined by a terrible narrator

The only slightly redeeming part of this set of stories compared to the Powder Mage Novella Collection is that most of the main characters are female in this one, and Hoverson is worst when doing male voices, especially Tamas. I actually was happy to spend extra money to get Return to Honor narrated by Christian Rodska. I really hope in the future they stick to Rodska or pick a distant female narrator. There are plenty of great ones out there.

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Good Prequals

Always fun to hear about the characters before all hell breaks loose. Wish they were longer!

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A great set of short stories, but...

... I will give the advice that I didn’t actually take. Read Promise of Blood first. The stories in this book give a good bit of prequel insight, but leave you with a lot of why type questions if you’re as nerdy with your bookishness like I am.

Why are these mages this way? Why do they react so? Etc.

Then the who type questions appear. Who is Ka Poel? And that is why I recommend that you read the first book before going down this well written rabbit hole.

A great add on to the universe, but shouldn’t be the first book you read within it.