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The hounds at our heels will soon know we are lions. 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.

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 might come too quickly. With Tamas and his powder cabal presumed dead, Taniel Two-shot finds himself alongside the god Mihali as the last line of defence against Kresimir's advancing army.

Tamas's 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.

©2014 Brian McClellan (P)2014 Hachette Audio UK

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Wonderful Read

Well worth reading/listening to. Great story and the speaker has fun reading it to the listener.

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  • Robyn
  • 10-18-14

Excellent

Yet another trilogy where I am left hanging in anticipation of book 3.

And another author whose name I will search on regularly for new books....

Action, clever magic / mystery, great characters..... well narrated. What's not to like. Ticked all my usual boxes.

If you're a fan of "epic fantasy", whilst not quite as "epic" as a Sanderson or an Abercrombie, it's still up there with the good ones!

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  • Thomas
  • 09-10-16

outstanding

amazing story best middle book in a trilogy I have read greatly looking forward to the conclusive final novel

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  • Christopher
  • 06-27-14

An author to watch out for


Even better than the first novel – Brian McClellan has just become one of my favourite authors

Story – 5/5

A much better story than the first and I absolutely loved it. The character development was excellent, which I thought it lacked in the first novel. I found myself caring for what happened to certain characters. There was a small amount of believable romance/love, some characters personalities were changing due to the battles they faced and how hey felt about them and all character plot arcs were extremely likeable. It was also enhanced by a strong wit that was coming from Brian McClellan through some of the characters, which had me laughing out loud a couple of times.

The action is where this series really stands out though. The entire book is packed with more powder mage/privileged fights and epic battles than one could possibly hope for. If military or action based fantasy is your bag, then the Powder Mage trilogy is a must for you. It is not just mindless action though; the politics and story plot that sit behind them are also superb, with plenty of surprises swinging you back and forth. I wasn’t bored for a single minute of the story, and it didn’t take me long at all to finish this audiobook.

Brian McClellan may be Brandon Sanderson’s student, but I feel like he has got plenty of his own styles and techniques and he has separated this link further through this sequel. It sounds funny, but hearing characters in tight spots actually swearing, and having quite graphic violence, adds to the grittiness and realism in the world, which I feel Brandon sometimes lacks.


Performance – 4.5/5

As with the first novel, Christian Rodska is a superb Narrator. His story telling was extremely smooth, and allowed for the story to be easily followed, even given its complex and fast paced plot.

His voice acting was flawless, each character having their own distinctive voice which matched their personalities very nicely. I would rate this performance near the top along with Steven Pacey, Michael Kramer and Rupert Degas.

Overall – 5/5

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  • Chris Green
  • 12-06-17

Sharpe meets Lord of the Rings.

Epic character driven stories with grizzly battles and political drama. its four everything you could want.

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  • Jesper Hauerslev
  • 11-05-17

A bad day for powder mages...

... but a great day for the reader. Things go from very bad to heck of a lot worse within the first few chapters and Tamas, Taniel and all the others face some very dark times indeed, all wrapped up in superbly written story that balances all its characters and subplots brilliantly,setting up for what promises to be a very explosive finale in Book 3. Christian Rodska also delivers an amazing performance, weaving effortlessly in and out of every characters tone, accent, dialect and vocal mannerisms. Glad to hear he changed the "voice" of Tamas so it no longer has the slurry drooling Churchill-like tone of the first book. A most entertaining listen from start to finish.

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  • Macauley Cooper
  • 10-29-17

Great

Absolutely amazing narration. Great differentiation between voices and subtly acted.

The book itself drags a little around the middle but the ending chapters truly make up for it.

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  • Swords and Spectres
  • 09-16-17

Fantastic!

Brian McClellan has done a very rare thing with The Crimson Campaign. He has succeeded in writing a sequel that is actually better than the first book in the series. I can only hope the high standard keeps on into book three.

I say this is better, and that’s purely due to how well the author set the stage in the first book. So many ends are tied up and so many characters feel like they have gotten what’s coming their way. I say that knowing it’s not true what with there being a third book.

The first book saw epic clashes with a god, great war scenes that, despite being set in a fantasy world, had me thinking of the black powder era (Napoleonic etc …). It also saw a wonderful new magic system in the form of Powder Mages.

The second book expands on everything built up in the first book and does so in such a wonderful way. There are some truly evil characters, just as there are some wonderful characters that you just can’t help rooting for. One of the antagonists actually had me reaching hatred levels that surpassed anything I felt for Joffrey from the Song of Ice and Fire series.

Book two sees treason, a desperate bid for survival behind enemy lines, gods, romance, loss and a whole lot more. McClellan’s writing style really helps to bring the world to life in such a vivid way. My ONLY negative about the piece is that the narrator is terrible when it comes to female voices. But I can’t hold that against him. Much like myself, he was born a man and thus has a manly sounding voice that doesn’t bend well towards female vocals.

I’m really looking forward to the third book in the trilogy. I’m also keen to try the novella and short stories set in the same world.

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  • Abdullah
  • 05-23-17

Amazing and Refreshing

This was a very addictive story. I finished it in 2 days. The story is so refreshing, I cant think of anything to compare. The narrator is brilliant and consistent.

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  • Rosie
  • 04-11-17

Great stuff

if you love a good war book with fantasy wrapped around its core and fabulous engaging characters these are your books.

now going straight for the next and final book 😊

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  • Robin300378
  • 02-29-16

One of the better middle books of a trilogy

Taniel becomes the unlikely hero in this great second book in the trilogy. The development of him as a person, coming out of his father's shadow is rewarding. Also, Tamas' infallibility falters as a series of bad decisions leave him in a tight spot.

Good character development of many of the more peripheral characters and of some of the sideline stories. I found Adamat's quest somewhat boring but I realise that this is the long game and that what happens is critical to the plot

Well narrated with consistent character voices which I find very important.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-25-16

Great book!

I enjoyed this book a lot.
Fast moving pace, the return of favorite characters and schemes and plots. My favorite charcter is Ka-pol with her sorcery. I'd love a book about her.
Keen for book 3.
Once again Christian Rodska is fantastic with his narration.

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  • Colleen2630
  • 03-27-15

Looking for more!

Thoroughly enjoyed book 2 of The Powder Mage trilogy. An intriguing story beautifully narrated. Hoping book 3 comes soon. I highly recommend this series.