• The Crimson Campaign

  • The Powder Mage, Book 2
  • By: Brian McClellan
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (226 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • 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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  • sean
  • 04-14-20

Deus Ex Machinas Galore

A brilliant performance, putty about the poor story and predictable plot. There are moments and chapters full of great character moments and dialogue but the story as a whole could be guessed with 90% accuracy at the beginning of each chapter. And if not, then McCellan throws a handful of expostion to fill in the reader and a sprinkle of Deux Ex machina and we're onto the next situation and problem that will also get speedily resolved.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-31-19

Character voices were shocking

Great story but terrible narration. The 20 year old cocky characters sounded like 90 year old frail pensioners the accents used made no sense with people from the same city sounding German Geordie and scouse. Then the invading foreign army half sounded Spanish and half welsh absolutely ruined the book for me


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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.

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  • A. Mcclellan
  • 07-30-22

Thrilling from start to finish.

As the second book in a trilogy this is one of the best, it follows a few different paths as you see how they intertwine. It is set in both in the army as we see the war with the Kes and also stories in the city. There is so much extra though, infighting in the main army, others fighting running battles behind enemy lines, gods and evil shenanigans in the city.

As usual Christian Rodska is awesome and gives some great accents including a Glaswegian and Liverpudlian so watch out for them.

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  • Alan
  • 01-08-22

Explosive awesomeness.

Wow well what can I say, this series is absolutely phenomenal in every way. An awesome second installment to the first book Promise Of Blood, the characters, plot and setting will just blow you away like a powder mages thought. It has it all from gun powdered sorcery, privileged sorcerers, twisted warden’s and to throw into mix a god that wants revenge for being left for dead. Kresimirs balls, the action and pace of this book will have you begging for more. Field Marshal Tamas has been trapped behind enemy lines and has been betrayed, they are being pursued across Kez by the Kez army and are totally out numbered. Can Tamas get 7th and 9th brigadiers back to Adran soil without to many losses, but being Field Marshal Tamas he will do everything the hard way and making sure he takes as many of his enemies out with him. Now for the Autumn Republic, if you love flintlock fantasy, you will frigging absolutely love this series. Christian Rodska gives an amazing narration of a truly amazing story, I very highly recommend....😁💥🖤

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-20-21

Kept me awake, nearly

Almost up there with the best. 5 stars for sheer readability and the old device of 'surely things can't get anyworse'!
Great job Mr McClellan and team ....
The odd detail not adding up and so on but got me good

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  • Eddie
  • 03-29-21

Could not stop reading/listening

All the weaknesses of book 1 were nowhere to be found. What a story. From beginning to end you just had to know what was going on. In book 1 I cared more for the secondary characters like Olem and Ka-Poel but this time round you had the empathy for Tamas, Taniel etc.

Please don’t get me wrong, A Promise of Blood was good but The Crimson Campaign leaves it in the dust.

Christian Rodska’s narration is, again, excellent. The pace matched the story and the voices were all identifiable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-21

great

excellent all round great story narration entertaining characters in depth looking forward to next book

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  • Lauren VS
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-22

Great sequel

Great follow up, and such a great universe to get immersed into. Characters are awesome and lore is epic.
Narrated brilliantly, voices and characters he changes between are do smooth.

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 11-19-21

Lots of fighting and some ingenious strategy

Tamus was a master strategist. His experience on the war front, was evident and because he always won- despite the carnage and losses, his men were willing to follow him.
While he was working his way home, the intrigues continued.
Taniel, being the only Powder Mage left in Adopest, was victimised and ostracised.
The Generals, thinking that Tamus and his men dead, were vying for power.
Hidden agendas and corruption abound, and more gods descend to cause more problems.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-21

An excellent follow up to promise of blood

This is an excellent follow up to promise of blood and manages to deftly avoid middle book syndrome. Whilst some aspects of the book feel less polished than others, I am willing to safely attribute that to how well done the other parts are.

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  • Dan
  • 11-03-19

amazing book.

it was awesome. the book should be converted into a movie or show. the story and performance was amazing

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  • Guy Handbury
  • 10-05-19

Action packed

The author builds the suspense beautifully. The characters have more colour than the else. highly recommended.

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  • Sam
  • 02-14-19

Amazing

This is one of those series that you just can’t stop listening to. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-19

Disappointing

A very disappointing book.

Amazingly stupid and one dimensional characters, especially for those who are supposed to be geniuses. All actions taken by characters are there to fit the lacklustre plot rather than making sense for that characters motive or personality.

The first book was more forgivable, with a sense of unknown powers and revelation of the world.

The narrator has forgotten the voices he used for characters in book 1 and used different voices for them, which seems exceptionally lazy.

I made it half way though and it's going to be the first book I haven't finished in 5 years.

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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.