Despite the number of friends that has reviewed this book favourably, it only really came to my attention when my book club decided to read it. I was immediately intrigued by the premise and I'm glad I decided to read along.
"The Age of Kings is dead and I have killed it"
Starting right at the middle of a coup and the following revolutions/struggles, it had at the beginning a strong Les Mis feeling to it for me. (That's what barricades to me). While focussing on a number of characters with different motives and goals, I had no trouble connecting with them as I sometimes have with the switching POVs.
In the beginning it was however not a very fast read (although admittedly it was 34C indoors and nothing really was going fast at that time). An interesting one, but not a fast one. It succeeded in throwing me in the wrong directions several times, as I thought something would end in a certain way and it turned out completely different.
I think there's more than enough left for me in the next two books, and I'm looking forward to read them.
Promise of Blood is the first book in the Powder Mage trilogy.