The Autumn Republic: The Powder Mage Trilogy
Orbit, 2015 (2015)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he Autumn Republic
Promise of Blood
The Crimson Campaign
as the conclusion to Brian McClellan's explosive
military fantasy trilogy.
he series opened on a coup in the capital led by powder mage Field Marshal Tamas. He hired retired police inspector Adamat to investigate the doom filled dying words of royal sorcerers. Laundress Nila saved small Jakob from the guillotine. And Tamas' son, powder mage Taniel, mute Dynize savage Bone-eye Ka-poel, and Taniel's best friend, sorceror Borbador ('
') fought a summoned god, Kresimir.
n the second book, the Kez invaded. Tamas was cut off in enemy territory and it took all his guile to get a portion of his army home. Adamat saved most of his family from ruthless Lord Vetas, who also captured Nila and Jakob. Tamas's generals bickered as the Kez advanced and undermined Taniel's attempts to stop them. But both he and Ka-poel grew into their powers.
The Autumn Republic
opens, our beleaguered heroes and heroines are beginning to understand that they are caught in the middle of a war of gods, puppeteers pulling their strings. An increasingly mad Kresimir is with the Kez, while his brother god tries to take over Adro from within and has demolished all its cathedrals.
o, partnered with Nila (who has discovered talents of her own), desperately seeks to save his friend Taniel. Adamat roots out corruption and treachery in the army. Bombs are going off in the capital. Meanwhile Taniel and Ka-poel are hunted through the mountains. When she is taken, he will do anything to save her. And their only divine ally kneads dough.
cClellan pulls all these subplots together into an exciting, and fitting, conclusion to his series. I was very sorry to turn the last page and hope for more from this author soon.
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