The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan – Review

Genre: Fantasy, Adult
Publication Date: January 20th 2015 by Orbit
Pages: 593
My Rating: 4/5

Synopsis (1)

When invasion looms… 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.

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’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. 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?

Goodreads link: here


This is book two of the Powder Mage trilogy, and it picks up right where we left in the last book. It was a very solid continuation of the series and although we can see that it has a lot of build-up for the finale it didn’t suffer from middle book syndrome with was great, and I really enjoyed it. In more details.

Things I liked

  • In the first book, I wasn’t a fan of Tamas. He was the Field Marshal that lead a revolution. He was this badass and harsh man that barely show any love and appreciation for his son. It was all about the revolution. In this book though, we see another side of him. The side where he realizes that age has caught up with him and that he might not survive this war. And I think that because of that he also realizes how apart he has fallen with his son and that pains him. We see many instances where he worries about his son and if he will ever get to see him again. This “weakness” made him feel some much more human and I really enjoyed that.
  • Like in the first book we had a lot of twists and turn. Every time you think you know what is going to happen, things get turned upside down.
  • Like Tamas, the love and care Adamat have for his family make him such an interesting character and the fact that he doesn’t always succeed in his quest makes the story feel real and heartbreaking.
  • Ka-Poel she is becoming more and more powerful, and it is very interesting to see her power grow. I do have some far fetch theories about her, but we’ll see if I’m right…
  • It was always obvious that Nila will play a bigger role, and she will be important, but I didn’t’ expect the turn it actually took. Now I’m even more excited to see her role and arc in the story.

Things I didn’t like

  • In the first book, I really liked Taniel. He is a man that is dying for his father approval and will do anything he asks him to do. However, in this book he has changed a little. In the beginning, he doesn’t care about anything. He only wants to get high and forget about everything. Which is OK I can get behind that, but then he turns to this bloodthirsty guy that only wants to kill and be in battle. He keeps making mistakes just out of arrogance and because he can’t take a deep breath before talking, putting himself and Ka-Poel in serious danger. And then he sits around and pity himself. Maybe that is a side effect of things that happened in the first book, but I found him very annoying.
  • This is a very political and war focus series which is fine. But there are so many names and titles, twist, turn and betrayals that I found myself losing track of how is how and what part they played up to the new twist. But that is something that most likely applies only to me.

Overall this was a great continuation and I’ll very soon dive into the last book. Probably next month.

What about you guys? Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

Published by Natacha

Hello and Wellcome! My name is Natacha. I'm a book and travel blogger.

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