Powder Mage Fan Art Contest

As many of you know, Sins of Empire, the first book in the new powder mage series, will kick off March 7th, 2017 (you can pre-order now, including signed copies). That's just a tad over two months away. To celebrate the impending arrival of my fourth novel, I'm holding a powder mage fan art contest!

Here are the rules:

  • Produce a piece of visual media (painting, photoshop rendering, drawing, photos of cosplay, whatever) that has something to do with the Powder Mage Universe, whether it be the books or the short fiction.
  • Send it to me as a link to Imgur or, somewhere you've posted it on social media, via email to brian (at) brianmcclellan (dot) com. Put the words POWDER MAGE ART CONTEST in the subject line. Please be sure to include a mailing address so I don't have to chase you down later if you win. Your address will not be used for any other purpose.
  • You have until the end of the day February 7th to enter. I will select my favorite pieces and inform the winner and runners-up within a few days. Winners will be announced on my website.
  • By entering you've agreed to let me show off your art via social media and my website.
  • Multiple entries are allowed!


  1. Grand prize will be a signed Advanced Reading Copy of Sins of Empire
  2. Four runners-up will be awarded with signed hardcovers of Promise of Blood as well as the ebook bundle of all my self-published Powder Mage short fiction.
  3. I reserve the right to award no prizes (say, if the only entry is a hand-drawn stick figure with a gun or some other good reason).
  4. This contest is open internationally.

Thanks for reading everyone, and have at it!

Newsletter Drawing #3

Hi everyone! So I may have lost track of the last ten days and not ever done the newsletter drawing I promised. But don't worry, because I have now! There is one lucky winner, who will receive this Adran Flag Pendant in bronze from Badali Jewelry. Congratulations to cifebo@*.com. I've sent you an email, so please check your spam folder and get back to me with your mailing address.

As for the rest of you, I'll do another drawing next month! If you haven't signed up for the newsletter yet, you can do so on the sidebar of the website or by clicking HERE.

December's Newsletter Drawing

The next newsletter drawing is coming up later this week. I'll be giving away one of these brand-new Adran Flag pendants in bronze from Badali Jewelry to a single lucky winner. To enter, all you have to do is sign up for my newsletter using this link by Thursday and then keep an eye on your inbox or check back here to see who was announced as the winner.

New Powder Mage Jewelry!

I'm very pleased to announce a new piece of the Powder Mage line from Badali Jewelry!

Do you ever find yourself far from your homeland on campaign or a tour of the continent, and want an emblem to remind you of the mountains of Adro? Like most soldiers, Privileged, and powder mages you should carry with you a pendant or pin of the Adran flag.

The new Adran flag is available as a pendant in sterling silver, antiqued bronze, and yellow bronze. It's also available as a pin in sterling silver.

You can order direct from Brian with this link, or for more options head over to Badali's website!

Cyber Monday Signed Book Sale

Everyone elbow-deep on their holiday shopping? Because I'm here to announce this year's Cyber Monday Signed Book Sale! Like last year, I've gotten together with a group of my authors friends and we're all offering holiday pricing on signed books directly from our websites from now till December 15th. This means you can get signed books at a discount, and also send a little more money toward your favorite authors during this holiday season.

The authors this year include Bradley Beaulieu, Brent Weeks, Jason Hough, Kevin Hearne, Micheal Sullivan, Wesley Chu, and myself! To see a master list of everything on sale, click here.

As for my own books, here's a list of what I've got for you this year:

If you want to pre-order the next Powder Mage book, Sins of Empire, as a holiday gift for that special someone, I'll send them a personalized letter letting them know about their present. Just include instructions in your order (who it's to, who it's from, etc).  Just get your order in before December 15th.

Happy holidays everyone!

Newsletter Drawing #2

The second newsletter drawing is finished, and we have five winners. Each will receive an email with an audible code for the Powder Mage Novella Collection, so check the list below (or your email) to see if you got one!

  • leburgan@*.com
  • lpavilonis13@*.com
  • mimac.ns@*.com
  • daniel.norton5@*.com
  • Koryo1233@*.com

As for the rest of you, I'll do another drawing next month! If you haven't signed up for the newsletter yet, you can do so on the sidebar of the website or by clicking HERE.

The Powder Mage RPG Kickstarter is Live!

Good morning, everyone! As promised, the Powder Mage Roleplaying Game is now up on Kickstarter! This is your chance to help make it happen. As you can see, we already have a cover and a huge amount of the art done (or under commission), and we'll be posting more as the Kickstarter progresses.

A couple notes: first, we're only printing 100 hardcovers (with the rest of the books in softcover), so if you want a hardcover of the rulebook make sure you select the Grand Powder Mage pledge level early! Second, there are only five spots at the GenCon play-through with me and Alan, and one is already gone. So again, grab early!

Thanks again for all the support. You guys are awesome!

Newsletter Drawing #1

Hey everyone! I did my first newsletter drawing last night, and the winner is joniverson@*.com. I've dropped you an email asking for your name and address so I can send you your books, so please get back to me ASAP.

As for the rest of you, I'll do another drawing next month! I haven't decided on a prize yet, but I'm leaning toward one of the silver Powder Mage keg pins from Badali Jewelry. If you haven't signed up for the newsletter yet, you can do so on the sidebar of the website or by clicking HERE.

Announcing the Powder Mage Roleplaying Game

Brian McClellan, author of the wildly-popular Powder Mage Trilogy (Orbit Books), and game designer Alan Bahr of Gallant Knight Games are delighted to announce the forthcoming Powder Mage Roleplaying Game, a play guide for Brian’s flintlock fantasy universe.

The Powder Mage RPG will immerse players in a world of muskets, intrigue, sorcery, and revolution, set against the backdrop of an industrializing fantasy world. Players can make themselves the heroes of their own narratives, with tools and resources that draw on the gunpowder magic and mind-bending dark arts that made the series an instant standout. The game will make use of the award-winning Savage Worlds rule set to create a player-driven story dynamic that can accommodate a campaign of any scope or size: personal dramas in the Adran countryside, political machinations in the palaces of Adopest, or full-scale battles for the very fate of the Nine.

The Powder Mage RPG will launch on Kickstarter on October 18th, 2016, with a target delivery date of August 2017. The goal of the Kickstarter is to acquire funding for a top-quality final product, consisting of a core rulebook/world book and accessories, including art from René Aigner, Grace Fong, Isaac Stewart, Ben McSweeney, and Piotr Chrzanowski; as well as book design by Robert Denton.

About the Series/Author

The Powder Mage Trilogy (Promise of Blood, The Crimson Campaign, and The Autumn Republic) has sold over a quarter of a million books and been translated into ten languages. It has landed author Brian McClellan with the coveted Morningstar Award for best debut fantasy and multiple nominations for the Goodreads Choice Awards. Brian is an avid gamer who lives on the side of a mountain in Utah with his wife, cat, and two dogs. His next series continues the adventures in the Powder Mage Universe and begins March 7th, 2017 with Sins of Empire from Orbit Books.

Join Brian's Newsletter for a Chance to Get Free Stuff!

Happy Halloween month, everyone! I'm sure that plenty of you have already signed up for my newsletter, but just in case you haven't here's a new thing that might sway you over to a subscription: starting next week, I'll be giving away free stuff every month to a random subscriber. It may be a book, or an audio code, or even a piece of powder mage jewelry.

For the first month, I'll be giving away a signed trade paperback set of the Powder Mage Trilogy. This is available worldwide.

You can sign up using the form on the right sidebar of this site, or by clicking here. Best of luck!

Audio for the Powder Mage Novella Collection

Hey all! Remember when I took all the Powder Mage novellas and stuck them all in a bundle, so they're easier and cheaper to get a hold of? Well, the audio for that bundle is finally ready! It includes Forsworn, Servant of the Crown, Murder at the Kinnen Hotel, and Ghosts of the Tristan Basin, and all four stories are narrated by the wonderful Julie Hoverson. You can now pick up it up on Audible or iTunes. Enjoy!

Cover for Sins of Empire

Missed the cover launch last week? Have no fear! Here's the fantastic cover for the next powder mage novel, Sins of Empire.

The book is due out March 7th, 2017. Here's the cover copy:

A world on the cusp of a new age…
The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place — a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of an oppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires.

Sedition is a dangerous word…
The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with guile and force, a task which falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Mad Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall’s present.

The past haunts us all…
As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries.

You can order here:

Sins of Empire Cover Launch

We can finally show you the cover for Sins of Empire, the next powder mage book! The launch is being hosted by my favorite webcomic, Howard Tayler, over on Schlockmercenary.com. Head over and check it out! For those of you looking to pre-order, you can do so at any of the following links!

Upcoming Event: Salt Lake Comic Con

It's that time of year again: I'll be at Salt Lake Comic Con, September 1st-3rd.

I have a booth this year (Blue 13) where I should be set up most of the time, but I'll also be all over the place with panels and signings. So if you want to find me you'll need to keep an eye on my panel schedule (which is subject to change) or follow my Twitter where I'll announce where I'm going to be at any given time. Here's my panel schedule:

If you'd like to see me at a Badali Jewelry signing, be sure to drop by early to grab a ticket, so we don't have anyone standing in the aisle. Thanks!

Upcoming Event: Kansas City

If you're in the Kansas City area this week, I'll be participating in a live panel discussion at the Kansas City Public Library. The event is at 6PM this coming Tuesday (8/16) and is a kick-off to Worldcon, which takes place nearby over the weekend. Join the renowned Tamora Pierce and myself as we discuss the evolution of fantasy with the library's Director of Programming. There will be a Q&A and signing afterward. It should be a blast of a time. Look forward to seeing you there!

Event information can be found here. FYI, Brian will not be attending Worldcon, so this will be your chance to catch him in Kansas!

Donating Promise of Blood to Your Local Library

Last year I asked you guys to help me donate copies of Promise of Blood to your local library. It was a great success, with over 30 books requested, and I'd like to do it again this year! Here's the deal:

If your library is in the US and does not have a copy of Promise of Blood, let me know! I want to hear from either patrons or librarians, but librarians will know the details I need better. Send me an email at brian (at) brianmcclellan (dot) com with the header LIBRARY DONATION. Give me the name and address of the library, and (if you know) the name of the acquiring librarian. I'll send the books on my own dime, and even sign them to the collection of that library. If you're a big library, you can ask for two copies.

These books are freely given, and as long as they end up in the hands of a library I don't care what they do with them. Your libraries can put them in the collection or sell them in the next book sale to raise funds. So please, help me get these out!