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Publisher's Summary

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 22 years before the events in Promise of Blood.
©2014 Brian McClellan (P)2014 Brian McClellan
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5 out of 5 stars
By Hassan on 02-01-15

Its All About Adamat

So if you are familiar with the series you know who Adamat is, if you didn't, then it would be better for you to start reading the series at first then come to this short story.

It tells the story of Adamat's career as a detective and the challenges in a particular case... Its quiet enjoyable and not too long.

Narration was ok, but it would have been better if it was the same narrator as in the trilogy.

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4 out of 5 stars
By sci teacher on 03-21-18

4.5/5 stars Awesome Introduction to an Intriguing

Summary: A young policeman with a gift for remembering everything struggles to solve several murders, save a friend from the guillotine, and preserve his own career before the rich and powerful destroy him.

Additional Comments:
- I’ve never read the Powder Mage series, but this is a nice introduction to that world.
- 5/5 stars world-building: Fantasy of this sort hinges on creating a world at once familiar yet fantastically and fundamentally different. Brian McClellan does both. It probably helps that he already did the heavy lifting in the regular series, so he’s very comfortable describing his world to us.
- 4/5 stars characters: Adamat’s the sort of guy one can root for. Captain Hewi seems competent. Lieutenant Dorry’s somebody you’d love to hate. Adamat’s friend (the businessman) comes across as a useless lout, which is unfortunate because I think we’re supposed to like him. I don’t even remember his name and I finished the book yesterday. The cabal lady was suitably scary and awesome at the same time.
- 4.5/5 Plot: Things work out and tie up nicely. I liked the pieces where Adamat could explain stuff he’d read in newspapers several weeks ago. Kind of reminded me of a Sherlock Holmes’ moment.
- Content warning: standard fantasy violence. A few descriptions of blood and gore but nothing that would shake most genre fans.

Conclusion: Not sure where this fits in the grand scheme of the world, but it’s a cool introduction all the same. (Also not sure I’d invest $2.99 per subsequent 75 page novella … I’d probably wait for a combo book.)

*I received a free copy of the audiobook. I chose to review it. The opinions are solely my own.*

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4 out of 5 stars
By Chris Thursby on 10-23-17

Further political intrigue in Adopest

Another brilliant short story fleshing out the history of the Powder Mage world. It's interesting to get some of Adamat's history working for the police. Not as action packed as other stories so if you need thrilling action to be interested in a story then this may not be for you. Narration is good, just not as great as the narrator from the main series of books.

Overall this is a great novella giving you a more political look at how things work in Adopest.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christopher on 01-12-15

Loved it!


Story - 5/5

This is a fantastic little novella to add to the powder mage collection. There isn't much action, as it is from the point of view of a young Adamat, but you do get a great detective story where he disrupts protocol, and disobeys his superiors (as usual) - all for the sake of justice. Brian McClellan has created a great character here, and if you love him in the main trilogy, this story is a must.

For the price, you do get a good length story compared to other novella's on Audible, and it is made even more worth it if you wait for a 40% off sale. This one and "The Servant of the Crown" are probably the better novellas/short stories for the money if you don't want to commit to buying all of them.


Performance - 4.5/5

Julie Hoverson did another great job; her voice acting is distinct and her story telling is easy to listen to; conveying the mood and atmosphere superbly. I'm not usually a huge fan of female narrators doing male characters, but Hoverson's approach didn't bother me at all. Don't be put off by the change of narrator from the main trilogy.


Overall - 5/5

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