Brian McClellan: Murder at the Kinnen Hotel (Review)

Brian lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, two dogs, a cat, and between 6,000 and 60,000 honey bees (depending on the time of year).

He began writing on Wheel of Time role playing websites at fifteen. Encouraged toward writing by his parents, he started working on short stories and novellas in his late teens. He went on to major in English with an emphasis on creative writing at Brigham Young University. It was here he met Brandon Sanderson, who encouraged Brian’s feeble attempts at plotting and characters more than he should have.

Brian continued to study writing not just as an art but as a business and was determined this would be his life-long career. He attended Orson Scott Card’s Literary Bootcamp in 2006. In 2008, he received honorable mention in the Writers of the Future Contest.

In November 2011, The Powder Mage Trilogy sold at auction to Orbit Books. The first two books, Promise of Blood and The Crimson Campaign, are out now with book three, The Autumn Republic, due out in February of 2015.

Murder at the Kinnen Hotel (2014)

(A book in the Powder Mage Trilogy series)
A Novella by Brian McClellan

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Murder at KH

Special Detective Constable Adamat may be the most capable young investigator in all of Adopest. He’s sharp, thoughtful, and his particular sorcery gives him a flawless memory. A transfer to the First Precinct seems like the perfect opportunity to showcase his abilities and advance his career.

But things work differently in the First Precinct. The murder of a businessman’s mistress quickly pulls Adamat into an unexpected world of conspiracy and politics where he’s forced to use all his wits to stay one step ahead of unseen enemies and keep his friends – and himself – from the guillotine.

Occurs twenty-two years before the events in Promise of Blood.


I’m always surprised by Brian’s books, his debut Promise of Blood (2013) was / is such an accomplished book, the characters so real, so tangible, his world so wonderfully imagined. The sights the sounds the smells, the reality of the world are all present in the book, but without that clunky new author shove it in your face descriptive, you feel and smell them as you enter the world and live with the characters, it truly is immersive writing.

This latest Novella Murder at the Kinnen Hotel is a unique opportunity to explore that world in a short explosive fashion, to feel that wonderful writing and world. To learn about the structure of the magic, the class system and the inevitable corruptions that fuel the politics of this world, its more than a tease to make you go buy the Promise of Blood, its an accomplished tale on its own, its just proof of the writing skill that its made me want to read Promise of Blood and Crimson Campaign again. Im highly looking forward to The Autumn Republic (12/02/2015) and hope to review it here soon.

If you’re looking for something new, something different in the fantasy genre, then look no further… This is the writer and this is the series.


Powder Mage Trilogy
1. Promise of Blood (2013)
1.5. Return to Honor (2015)
2. The Crimson Campaign (2014)
3. The Autumn Republic (2015)
Hope’s End (2013)
Forsworn (2014)
The Girl of Hrusch Avenue (2014)
The Face in the Window (2014)
Servant of the Crown (2014)
Murder at the Kinnen Hotel (2014)
Promise of BloodReturn to HonorThe Crimson CampaignThe Autumn Republic
Hope's EndForswornThe Girl of Hrusch AvenueThe Face in the Window
Servant of the CrownMurder at the Kinnen Hotel



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