Promise of Blood  by Brian McClellan  was the 61st official Sword and Laser Book Club selection.

Reading period: Jun 1, 2014 - Jun 30, 2014

How/Why was this book chosen:

It won a Poll  of Sword &Laser's Goodreads Group members

Votes % Book Author


Promise of Blood Brian McClellan


Hounded Kevin Hearne


Shades of Milk and Honey Mary Robinette Kowal
64 15 Blackbirds Chuck Wendig
37 8.7 Moth and Spark Anne Leonard

Sword & Laser Goodreads Group Discussion of Promise of Blood

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Promise of Blood by Brian McClellanEdit

The Age of Kings is dead . . . and I have killed it. 

It's a bloody business overthrowing a king... Field Marshal Tamas' coup against his king sent corrupt aristocrats to the guillotine and brought bread to the starving. But it also provoked war with the Nine Nations, internal attacks by royalist fanatics, and the greedy to scramble for money and power by Tamas's supposed allies: the Church, workers unions, and mercenary forces.

Stretched to his limit, Tamas is relying heavily on his few remaining powder mages, including the embittered Taniel, a brilliant marksman who also happens to be his estranged son, and Adamat, a retired police inspector whose loyalty is being tested by blackmail.

But when gods are involved... Now, as attacks batter them from within and without, the credulous are whispering about omens of death and destruction. Just old peasant legends about the gods waking to walk the earth. No modern educated man believes that sort of thing. But they should...

In a rich, distinctive world that mixes magic with technology, who could stand against mages that control gunpowder and bullets? PROMISE OF BLOOD is the start of a new epic fantasy series from Brian McClellan

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