I’ve been reading a ton of books this year – but I haven’t always made time to review them. So with that in mind let me suggest The Powder Mage trilogy. I stumbled on this series via a post-trilogy book Sins of Empire. I liked the world-building and characters enough in this book to check out the initial trilogy. And wow, I wasn’t disappointed!
If you’ve read steampunk this is sort of like that only flintlock-punk perhaps. Technology in this world is circa 1700 in many ways; flintlocks, muskets, and still people charging around with sabers and pikes. But there is sorcery too. And new on the scene is a new kind of wizard; people who power their abilities with gunpowder. It sounded stupid when I first read the description but trust me, it’s a lot of fun.
Don’t be bothered by the silly words on the cover… it’s a good book
The plot can be a little disjointed at times; every so often something happens that absolutely makes no sense. At other times we get characters popping in or out that will never show up again. But these are quibbles. I enjoyed the series immensely and tore through them. I found myself up way too late at night reading these three books.
I look for ward to book #2 of the new series when it comes available in 2018.
Source: Amazon Kindle: Uprooted
Solid world, interesting reading, well-written… just couldn’t sustain the pace
If you like fantasy and need something nice to read for a day or two, this is a solid choice. The world is interesting, the hero is well written and believable, and at the end you do want to read more about this world. I hope Naomi Novik keeps going with this world.
*** spoilers for those who care ***
Why not an A? Well… for one the romance felt forced and just a bit clichéd. Do all young women need to fall in love with a powerful older man? It’s hard to call this a spoiler as the book telegraphs this. And Novik does a decent job making it okay, somewhat believable, and in fact a little realistic. But in the end… the hero needs a man.
The other thing that is a true decider for me in a rating is when I find myself rapidly flipping the pages during a large section because I just want it over. Not in agony of knowing what’s going to happen, just a bit of boredom, yadda yadda, get it moving, etc. This wasn’t terrible but it happened. Maybe I was in a bad mood.
So yeah… read this book. It’s good.