We have updated our Privacy Policy Please take a moment to review it. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms of our updated Privacy Policy.

‘Just plain awesome’ Brandon Sanderson

**Winner of the David Gemmell Morningstar Award**

It’s a bloody business, overthrowing a king. Now, amid the chaos, a whispered rumour is spreading. A rumour about a broken promise, omens of death and the gods returning to walk the earth.

No one really believes these whispers.

Perhaps they should.

Winner of the David Gemmell Morningstar Award, Promise of Blood is the explosive first novel in the most action-packed and acclaimed new fantasy series in years.

‘Gunpowder and magic. An explosive combination’ Peter Brett

‘Brings a welcome breath of gunpowder-tinged air to epic fantasy’ Anthony Ryan

‘Tense action, memorable characters, rising stakes . . . Brian McClellan is the real thing’ Brent Weeks

The Powder Mage trilogy:
Promise of Blood
The Crimson Campaign
The Autumn Republic

The Gods of Blood and Powder series:
Sins of Empire
Wrath of Empire

Reviews

Stunning, well crafted, compelling and engaging
THE FOUNDING FIELDS
An amazing debut
BOOKTHING
Guns, swords and magic together? What more could you want? How about tense action, memorable characters, rising stakes . . . Brian McClellan is the real thing
Brent Weeks
A French Revolution with wizards; McClelland's debut packs some serious heat
KIRKUS REVIEWS - starred review
This book is just plain awesome. I found myself enjoying every moment of it. Innovative magic, quick-paced plot, interesting world. I had a blast
Brandon Sanderson
An extremely engaging novel . . . The addictive narrative pace, inventive world-building, and gestalt of this novel are impressive
SFFWORLD
Excellent . . . a ripping yarn
Buzzfeed
Promise of Blood is a lot of fun, and the start of something potentially fantastic
CIVILIAN READER
Promise of Blood is filled with engaging characters, original worldbuilding, and a plot that left me unable to put the book down . . . An engaging and wonderfully-written work
FANTASY FACTION
Promise of Blood is the best debut I've read in ages. Brian McClellan has a bold new take on fantasy
Peter V. Brett
Everyone should pick up Promise of Blood . . . Yes, it really is that good
ELITIST BOOK REVIEWS
Promise of Blood is, hands down, my favorite read of the year . . . An instant classic
SPECULATIVE BOOK REVIEW
An historically-influenced fantastical romp filled with machismo, intrigue and magic
SCIFI NOW
A winning debut
FANTASY BOOK CRITIC
An excellent debut that promises to captivate readers
STAFFER'S BOOK REVIEW