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Literature: The Powder Mage Trilogy
"The Age of Kings is dead...And I have killed it."

A trilogy of books written by Brian McClellan. The first book, Promise of Blood, was released in 2013.

The story opens with blood. The corrupt king of Adro is overthrown by Field Marshal Tamas and soon the whole of the nobility is being sent to the guillotine. As the age of kings dies its bloody death Tamas must now deal with royalist insurgents, foreign invasions, riots, assassins, rogue sorcerers and betrayals. Though he has allies, even they may not be enough to keep the people of Adro free.


  • Berserk Button: Kez sends Nikslaus, the man who personally killed Tamas's wife, as an ambassador to Adro. Tamas throws him in a lake.
  • Crusading Widower: While Tamas is genuinely outraged at the abuses the king and nobility commit his main motivation is the death of his wife. She was beheaded by the kingdom of Kez and his king refused to do anything about it and then was preparing to sign a treaty making his nation a vassal to Kez.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Taniel uses two of Ka-Poel's Red Stripe bullets to kill Kresimir as he returns
  • Kryptonite Factor: Gold in a Powder Mage's body nullifies their powers.
  • Military Coup: How the story begins. Tamas is his nation's highest ranking military officer and leads a coup against the corrupt king and nobility.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized:Given that Tamas's revolution seems to be inspired by the French revolution this is a given.
  • Outside-Context Villain: Our heroes are dealing with overthrowing the monarchy, defending their land from invaders, and rogue sorcerers. In the middle of all that the gods of old show up.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Taniel, Tamas's son. While Tamas does love him, he is an emotionally reserved man which leads to feeling of resentment from his son.


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