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EBOOK ¼ The Crimson Campaign õ The hounds at our heels will soon know we are lionsTamas 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 chef 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 4.5 stars The 5 star rating is just within grasp based on the promising enfolding of events in this worthy sequel to The Promise of Blood This is a good example of how a sequel leading into the final book of a series should be written There was no unnecessary padding, plodding or diversion from pre established plots from the previous book It did not suffer from what is termed as middle book syndrome even though it did feel like a middle book albeit one that dexterously bridges the beginning 4.5 stars The 5 star rating is just within grasp based on the promising enfolding of events in this worthy sequel to The Promise of Blood This is a good example of how a sequel leading into the final book of a series should be written There was no unnecessary padding, plodding or diversion from pre established plots from the previous book It did not suffer from what is termed as middle book syndrome even though it did feel like a middle book albeit one that dexterously bridges the beginning of the story to its denouement, setting the scenes to a potentially awesome climax in the finale The solid development of both the characters and plot from the perspective of the same 4 main characters from the first book enables the reader to further their investment in their individual storyline as well as greater appreciate the bigger picture I continued to enjoy both Tamas and Taniel s POVs significantly Although the latter gave me a headache with his wallowing in self pity in the earlier chapters, his relationship with Ka poel was intriguing and touching The political investigative spin of the story via Adamat did not engage me as much initially but eventually captured my attention as it grew in intensity That leaves the sole female POV in this series so far and although Nila does not appear very often, her parts provide some perspective of the consequences of the major events on the common folk view spoiler Well, turns out she is not so common after all hide spoiler I need to make special mention of a couple of non POV characters, namely Mihali and Olem, both whom I rank as amongst my favourite characters of this series Olem, a bodyguard of Tamas, has some of the best, though laconic, lines in this book Tamas looked back out across the city Sometimes I feel like pestilence That argument, Olem said after a moment s consideration, could be made You make me feel so much better I try, sir As for dear Mihali, let s just say I wish I have one of him in my life He is a gem and that s all I can say about him Recommended, and not just for fans of epic or high fantasy as there is a good military story being told here 4.5 5 StarsTwo days That s the actual amount of time it took for me to finish this 600 pages book, that s how fast paced this book is.It s not an exaggeration to say that The Crimson Campaign is a marvelous sequel that s better than the first book in every aspect The revolution that Tamas started in Promise of Blood has turned into an all out war with the Kez and with it, the plot became so muchengaging than before Still told from the same four main POV, Tamas Taniel are right in the 4.5 5 StarsTwo days That s the actual amount of time it took for me to finish this 600 pages book, that s how fast paced this book is.It s not an exaggeration to say that The Crimson Campaign is a marvelous sequel that s better than the first book in every aspect The revolution that Tamas started in Promise of Blood has turned into an all out war with the Kez and with it, the plot became so muchengaging than before Still told from the same four main POV, Tamas Taniel are right in the middle of the war while Adamat and the side POV, Nila deal with the politics and the familial theme of the book.I ll keep my opinion on all the POV s as brief as possible, the highest chance is that Taniel s story line will be the one you love the most when you get to this and although in my opinion Taniel s POV is hands down the best part of the book by far, this doesn t mean that the other POV s suck in any way Adamat s story started really slow with mundane politics which I thought were unnecessary but soon it sprawled into a fast paced and compelling tale of how far a man will go to for their family and friendsThere is nothing that will make a mandesperate andcapable of violence than endangering his familyEvery POV is heavily packed with actions that never fail to capture my attention, complete with strategic military warfare, explosive magic combats and the fact that there s always something going on with each page and almost each chapter ended with a cliffhanger made this book so hard to put down Plus, Brian s simple prose that made the story flow fluidly, The Crimson Campaign is an excellent page turner.All of them are really well written and structured with tons of characters developments and evolution towards all main and side characters Taniel and Ka poel has always been my favorite characters of the series since the first book but in this book, I found another addition to that list There s a fantastic unexpected development to Bo, Taniel s best friend His character received so much depth and I love everything that Bo does in this book, that s all I ll say on this matter since I don t want to spoil you on what great things are waiting for youHe had an honest face, though Adamat found that honest faces were almost always deceptiveDespite how fast paced and action packed this book is, it actually stopped me from reading sometimes Why It s because of Mihali, the chef from the first book Seriously, every time he appears he always cooked all this delicious foods that made me fucking hungry I m pretty sure Brian intentionally did this to make sure his readers take a break from his book once in a while, someone even made one of the food mentioned in the book Picture Mihali s soup by Kristina Bunnel cook me outside my room how bow dat After all these fantastic improvements, what is it then that stopped me from giving it a full 5 stars rating The magic systems Don t get me wrong, the magic combats and actions are all amazing and the requirement to use them has been properly explained However, there seemed to be no clear limitations to their power ever since the first book Powder Mage for example, the book said that the usage of too much powder could make you go Powder Blind or dead but our main characters, pretty much everyone inhaled those powders like eating Pringles Sure there s some side effect once in a while but I wish there s a CLEAR limitation to how many times they can actually inhale those powders The Privileged is eveninsane, they just have to wear their arcane gloves and voila, they could cast thunder, flame, wind, tore off human bodies without any limit other than range This has been bothering me a bit since the first book but I thought it will be explainedin the sequel and I m a bit disappointed on this aspect There are almost no likeable female characters in this series Ka poel is amazing, she s one of my favorite characters in the book but the thing is she doesn t have any line because she s a mute and the other female characters are almost all either forgettable or highly obnoxious The female generals in this book just seemed to be there for the purpose of being hated which I must say, Brian succeeded wonderfully I must mention though that just because a character is despicable, it doesn t mean that they re poorly written at all, it s actually the other way It s only when the character is really well written that I could love hate them I just wish there werefemale characters in this series that could made me like themother than Ka poel.Despite my issues with the book, both of these are minor annoyances and it doesn t take my overall enjoyment of the book The Crimson Campaign is an amazing sequel that s better in every aspect compared to the first book and I had a blast reading through it This book gave me a new appreciation for flintlock fantasy, I never thought I ll enjoy reading it this much compared to my usual Epic Grimdark fantasy books but I did and I can t wait to continue straight into the last book of the trilogy, The Autumn Republic.I highly recommend this series to anyone who s looking to start flintlock fantasy or any adult fantasy fans in general You can find this this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at Booknest Faye adjusted her dress and took a deep breath Her eyes traveled around the room A mix of emotions ranged across her face anger, panic, dear For a moment Nila thought she might snatch up a frying pan and kill her Nila wondered who she was Why was she here Obviously another prisoner Another player in Veta s schemes Could Nila trust her I m Nila, she said And this is Jackob Fayes eyes settled on Nila and she nodded with a frown I m Faye And I m going to kill the bastard I m Faye adjusted her dress and took a deep breath Her eyes traveled around the room A mix of emotions ranged across her face anger, panic, dear For a moment Nila thought she might snatch up a frying pan and kill her Nila wondered who she was Why was she here Obviously another prisoner Another player in Veta s schemes Could Nila trust her I m Nila, she said And this is Jackob Fayes eyes settled on Nila and she nodded with a frown I m Faye And I m going to kill the bastard I m have felt that way Happy Reading Mel 1001 5THIS.WAS.INCREDIBLEI m convinced this series was written for me I m also DOOMED to shamelessly love it I feel like I m in a powder trance after this book, HOLY SHIT I once again dropped all other priorities to read this and ended up devouring it in two days Definitely my favourite read of 2017Every night he s looking for the eye behind the flintlockSo I thought book one was incredible, somehow this book was better I just need to scream screams screams somelo 1001 5THIS.WAS.INCREDIBLEI m convinced this series was written for me I m also DOOMED to shamelessly love it I feel like I m in a powder trance after this book, HOLY SHIT I once again dropped all other priorities to read this and ended up devouring it in two days Definitely my favourite read of 2017Every night he s looking for the eye behind the flintlockSo I thought book one was incredible, somehow this book was better I just need to scream screams screams someloses voice The amount of fangirl feels I have right now is ridiculous The plot this time revolves around Tamas invading Kez and failing miserably, Taniel is too busy smoking dope in a mala den to give a shit Adamant won t stop at nothing to rescue his family from an insane power hungry manThere is nothing that will make a mandesperate andcapable of violence than endangering his familyIt is as good as it sounds IT WAS SO AMAZING I loved every second spent reading this book There was so much death and I love DEATH There was also badassery, amazing character development, magical explosions lots of battles The action did not stop once, seriously, I d go to put the book down and decide to read onepage, next minute I ve read 100 because I had to know what was happening, it was so fast paced like I couldn t keep up I love Flintlock fantasy so much and it s definitely one of my favourite sub genres of fantasy and am officially addicted to all things to do with guns magiccan we all just stare in awe over the sexiest grandpa alive I literally loved all POV s I even enjoyed Adamants love Nila so bloody much now My favourites are still Taniel Ka Poel, Tamas sexiest grandpa alive dies from swooning and Bo But I love all side characters too, except the baddies, they suck Also there was some bitches in this book who picked on my baby Taniel, I WILL STAB THEM IN THE EYE WITH A RUSTY SPOON I only have one wish and its to get my ship in the last book I HOPE IT HAPPENSYou missed the morning s festivities, Bo said to Adamat You call torturing a man festivities Adamat asked I m not a good person, Bo saidRecommended to all fantasy lovers and everyone who appreciates sexy 60 year old main characters Sorry but I can t write acoherent review right now, I m all out of black powder P.s I m ironically now a Powder Mage from snorting gun powder nose bleed P.s.s I NEED TO EAT HEAPS OF BECAUSE MIHALI CAST A FOOD SPELL ON ME Jokes, I m just a pig kinda wish I had the excuse I was under a magical food spellLet the Kez come, Tamas roared Let them send their greatest generals after us Let them stack the odds against us Let them come upon us with all their fury, because these hounds at our heels will soon know we are lionsReview for Promise of bloodRating so far Promise of Blood 1000 5The Crimson Campaign 1001 5Actual rating so far 10 10