• In the Field Marshal's Shadow

  • Stories from the Powder Mage Universe
  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Julie Hoverson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (187 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Disappointment

Why, why in the world is Julie narrating this? Huge let down after finishing powder mage trilogy.

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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.

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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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Good short stories, good narrator

The stories are great and at first I didn't like the lady narrating the short stories but she's all right, there is a haughty tone to her voice that I think rubs people the wrong way.

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Great stories, meh narration

The stories themselves were great! the narration was not as good. It seemed like the narrator struggled with how she wanted to sound. Her pronunciation was odd. It was also really jarring to hear Tamas pronounced like Tomas and Hrusch to be Rush.

I think I'd enjoy the narrator with other books where she knows how she wants to read the story and how she wants to sound. Her pronunciation and accent was a bit all over the place and made me think of Moira Rose a bit.

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  • Panos
  • 08-24-20

Great addition - subpar narration

An amazing add-on to the Powder Mage universe. This is actually a collection of 4 short novels that take take place before the events of the first book of the Powder Mage trilogy "Promise of Blood" and 1 short novel that is chronologically set between "Promise of Blood" and "The Crimson Campaign". The fact that they are bundled into one collection obtainable for 1 credit make this a marginally good bargain since the total duration is still pretty short at a total of less than 5 hours runtime.

First of all, here is a guide on how to listen to this:
Start with "The Powder Mage Novella Collection #1" (Books 0.1 - 0.3) and then continue here
Hope's End (Book 0.4) - Chapter 1
The Girl of Hrusch Avenue (Book 0.5) - Chapter 2
Green-Eyed Vipers (Book 0.6) - Chapter 3
The Face in the Window (Book 0.7) - Chapter 4
At this point switch back to "The Powder Mage Novella Collection #1" (Book 0.8)
Read the first book of the main trilogy aka "Promise of Blood" and return here
Return to Honor (Book 1.5) - Chapter 5

Narration 6/10
The narration for this was such a letdown for me. I expected to listen to Christian Rodska's amazing narration once more since his work for the main Powder Mage trilogy is some of the best narrations for Audiobooks. Unfortunately, he seems to be replaced for these short novels for a female narrator that fails to leave up to the expectations and meet the bar set by Christian Rodska. The narration is pretty flat and uninspired and while almost every character is male, a female narrator was chosen and her voice imitations is subpar. For me the narration for this was a big disappointment.

Story 8.5/10
These are short stories that look into the past of several main characters from the Powder Mage trilogy, and a story that takes part after "Promise of Blood". The stories are really good and engaging. However, the stories were not as interesting as the ones in "The Powder Mage Novella Collection #1".

Overall I really enjoyed this collection and would suggest to it to all the fans of the main trilogy, but I just wish they were narrated by Christian Rodska like the main trilogy.