I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would and I don't know why I held off reading it for so long.
Promise of Blood is a military fantasy filled with political intrigue and not a little magic. It has everything I like in it, an engaging plot that's full of believable twists and turns, characters that are flawed but have redeeming qualities and have logical reasons for doing what they do, and a world that's familiar yet different. As I read, I found myself laughing in some places, tearing up a time or two, sitting on the edge of my seat anxiously and even cheering a time or two. And for a change, most of the characters are over the age of 25!
McClellan's world-building is nifty. It took me a bit to catch on to what everything meant, to be a Marked, a Privilege, Knacked and how gunpowder and munitions fit into things, but once I decided to just let it flow and not worry about things, it all became easier.
I think much of that is that McClellan is just a good storyteller. He kept my attention and the pages turning with great anticipation. This was one of those books that I was anxious to finish but damned reluctant to reach the end.
I hope the second book in the series goes on sale soon so I can add it to the TBR. I need to know more about what happens to all my new friends but I can't afford the $13 it'll cost me for ebook right now. But it's most certainly on the list... HIGH on the list!
Oh, and look at that cover! I'd hang that on my wall, it's that cool!