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Publisher's Summary

Erika ja Leora is a powder mage in northern Kez, a place where that particular sorcery is punishable by death. She is only protected by her family name and her position as heir to a duchy.
When she decides to help a young commoner-a powder mage marked for death, fugitive from the law-she puts her life and family reputation at risk and sets off to deliver her new ward to the safety of Adro while playing cat and mouse with the king's own mage hunters and their captain, Duke Nikslaus.
©2014 Brian McClellan (P)2014 Brian McClellan
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5 out of 5 stars
By G. Parish on 07-27-17

Escape from the Kez

This is a great little novella starring two unlikely allies, one Noble born and the other fugitive, as the try to escape from the Mage Hunters if the Kez. Filled with gripping action and a fair bit of tension, it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Headfoot on 04-27-15

Good short story, subpar narration

Would have preferred the narrator from the original trilogy. This narrator pronounced key things differently to the point it was hard to tell what she was talking about.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christopher on 09-17-14

A great addition


Story – 4.5/5

This was a great little back story about Tamas’ wife Erika when she was younger and still living in Kez with her Duke father. She is a very strong female character, who would have been great in the main Powder Mage trilogy. As usual with McClellan you get some fantastic action scenes, and everything moves along at a fast pace, adding to all of the excitement.

We obviously get a bit more out of this audiobook, being a novella rather than a short story, and this is a very nice addition to your Brian McClellan collection if you are as much of a fan as I am. Obviously you won’t want to waste a credit on it, but I believe it was worth purchasing in a 40% off sale.


Performance – 4.5/5

Julie Hoverson did a great job, She can do men’s voices very well, and all characters are distinctly recognised. All of the action was well told, and she helped to set the atmosphere of the fear and bravery during the fights.


Overall – 4.5/5

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