Orbit (May 6, 2014)
I finished reading Crimson Campaign quite a few days ago, at around this time of night(11pm-12am). I put the review off as usual until the next day. I don’t usually write reviews the moment I finish the book. Normally because I usually finish reading pretty late at night. But this book took me a few days to mull over. Not because I didn’t like it, no I freakin loved it. But I was having a hard time putting my thoughts about the book into words. Until today, when I basically forced myself to do so.
Crimson Campaign is the second book in the Powder Mage Trilogy and it is definitely the dark middle chapter that most book 2s in a trilogy are. This was not wholly unexpected and I did welcome some of the events that happened over the course of the book. Some of the stuff with both Taniel and Tamas seemed a bit much but hey, dark middle chapter people. I also would have loved it if the author distanced himself from his second tier boring characters. Adamat and Nila, I was really hoping one would caught a bullet, arrow, or sorcery at some point. But I guess they are here to stay. I guess I’m being unfair to Nila as her story is picking up. But Adamat needs to die, really, I’m sorry his POV is SO incredibly off the pace from the rest of the book and has been ever since book 1 that I really wished he would have been ended in the last volume.
Other than that, I was very happy with the book and would definitely recommend it to anyone who even liked the first book. But if you haven’t read the first book, go pick that up first. Because there is NO WAY you are getting into this book or even making through to the end without reading the first book. With all the wonderful work Brian McClellan has done with this series I cannot wait for next book in the series. This last book was definitely one of my favorite books of all time and this series is certainly shaping up to be wonderful. I guess the student has surpassed the master, Mr. Sanderson.