Salt Lake Comic Con 2018

Utah friends! I'm going to be at Salt Lake Comic Con this weekend, selling books at Bard's Tower (just like last year!). I should be in and out of booth 401 through all three days of the convention, but if you want to be certain to find me I suggest you hit up one of my signings or panels. Here is my full schedule:

Thursday, September 6th

  • 4-5PM: Signing at Bard's Tower, Booth 401

Friday, September 7th

  • 12-1PM: Makers of Stories, Writing Novels and Short Stories, Room 151D
  • 3-4PM: Old Magic and New Magic, the Evolution of Magic Systems, Room 251A
  • 7-8PM: Signing at Bard's Tower, Booth 401

Saturday, September 8th

  • 10-11AM: What Makes a Lovable Villain, Room 255B
  • 12-1PM: Signing at the Printed Garden, Booth 801
  • 6-7PM: Writing in Revised History, Room 251A

The Powder Mage Trilogy on Mega Sale!


Hey everyone! Funny story here: when Amazon decided to put The Autumn Republic on sale for the month of July, Orbit followed up by saying "huh, that's kinda weird to have just book three on sale... so let's do them all."

Which means that the entire Powder Mage Trilogy is just $2.99 per book right now (ebook, US only). This is across all sales channels, from Amazon to Google Play, and it will last until the end of July. Yes, I'm aware that everyone living outside the US will be frustrated by this. No, I don't have any say over it. Yes, I'm sorry.

Here are some links:

Promise of Blood

The Crimson Campaign

The Autumn Republic

War Cry pre-orders!

War Cry, a story of shapeshifting army rangers on the high plains, is going to be out on August 28th! It's a novella being published by and will be my very first non-powder mage work to be published. I'm super excited for you guys to check it out. Also, this frickin' sweet cover:

As usual, pre-orders are a huge boon to any author and this is no different. Thank you to everyone who gets in on this before release date. Here are the links:

Signed Copies

United States

United Kingdom


London Comic Con!

My schedule for London Comic Con this weekend. Come find me and say hi!


15:15pm – 16:00pm: Authors of Action – Best-selling authors Brian McClellan (The Gunpowder Mage series Wesley Chu (Time Salvager) and Kevin Hearne (A Plague of Giants) Jen Williams (The Copper Cat trilogy) and Heather Child (Everything about You) discuss what makes a great action scene in fiction.  Bloody violence or rated PG? How much does other media – films, television, video games – influence an author when it comes to crafting their action beats? Moderator – Alasdair Stuart

17:15pm – 18:00pm: Once More with Meaning – The great speculative fiction stories throughout the years have always held a mirror up to our society’s own turbulent history.  Just look at the works of JRR Tolkein, George RR Martin, Gene Rodenberry, or Stephen King to name a few, to see evidence of this.  MCM chats with authors Brian McClellan (The Gunpowder Mage series) Jen Williams (The Copper Cat Trilogy) Wesley Chu (Time Salvager) Lucy Hounsom (Worldmaker Trilogy) and Sam Miller (Blackfish City) to find out how they take real world concerns and stories ripped from the headlines and create engaging speculative fiction around them.


15:00pm – 15:45pm: To Grim or not to Grim – Grim Dark is one of the many sub-genres within fantasy fiction, having enjoyed a massive surge in popularity over the last two decades, thanks in no part to works from authors like George R.R. Martin and Joe Abercrombie.  It’s a genre that’s bold, brash and bloody, and it’s got legions of fans.  But, like any good sub-genre, it’s also got its detractors.  Join fantasy authors Brian McClellan (Powder Mage Trilogy) Scott Lynch (The Gentleman Bastard series) Jen Williams (The Copper Cat Trilogy) Lucy Hounsom (Worldmaker Trilogy) Peter Newman (The Vagrant) and Mark De Jager (Infernal) as they debut the pros and cons of “going dark”. Grim Dark, that is. Moderator: Jared Shurin


11:00pm – 11:30pm: Orbit Presents: Brian McClellan – CJ and the Live Stage gang sit down for a chat with award-winning fantasy author Brian McClellan (Wrath of Empire) and discuss the latest novel in his acclaimed Gunpowder Mage series. 

14:00pm – 14:45pm: World-Building Blocks – No matter whether you have dragons on every street corner, demons lurking beneath the shadows of our ordinary world, or sentient computers plotting to take over star systems, all good fantastical fiction requires strong world building.  Authors Scott Lynch (The Gentleman Bastard series) Elizabeth Bear (Ancestral Night) Liz De Jager (Blackhart Legacy) Lucy Hounsom (Worldmaker Trilogy) Brian McClellan (The Gunpowder Mage series) and Mark de Jager (Infernal). Moderator – Anne Perry


Wrath of Empire, the next powder mage novel, is now out! If you've enjoyed my books so far, I'd be hugely appreciative if you'd pick it up this week (first week numbers are a big deal). If you haven't read my books, head over and get Sins of Empire, which is still just $2.99 in ebook. Thanks to everyone who continues to support my writing!

Here's the synopsis:

The country is in turmoil. With the capital city occupied, half a million refugees are on the march, looking for safety on the frontier, accompanied by Lady Flint's soldiers. But escaping war is never easy, and soon the battle may find them, whether they are prepared or not.

Back in the capital, Michel Bravis smuggles even more refugees out of the city. But internal forces are working against him. With enemies on all sides, Michel may be forced to find help with the very occupiers he's trying to undermine.

Meanwhile, Ben Styke is building his own army. He and his mad lancers are gathering every able body they can find and searching for an ancient artifact that may have the power to turn the tides of war in their favor. But what they find may not be what they're looking for.

Signed copies

United States

United Kingdom



Worldbuilders Auction

I'm very excited to let you know that Badali Jewelry has recently finished the super dang cool Mad Lancer Ring, as worn by Ben Styke in Sins of Empire and the soon-to-come Wrath of Empire. As part of the launch of both the new book and the new ring, I've teamed up with Badali and Worldbuilders to auction off the first production piece of each of the three different versions of the ring. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Worldbuilders Charity, which is awesome. The auctions end at 6:30PM MST on 5/17/18.


Fan Art Contest Winner!

Sorry for the delay on posting this, but things have been a bit bonkers around here. I'm happy to announce that we have a winner in the Wrath of Empire Fan Art Contest! There were a bunch of awesome entries, and thanks so much to everyone who participated. First up, here are the submissions:

Here are a couple more on FB and Instagram that I can't figure out how to download because I'm bad at this sort of thing: Tamas Miniature by _sperry_, Taniel by ikazn, and Ka-poel by Cliff Green.

Picking the winner was tough, but I had to go with the Vlora cosplay and digital photo manipulation. Check this out!

Vlora by lardacil

Vlora by lardacil

The Importance of Preorders

I've got a new book coming out in seven days. Wrath of Empire, the second book in Gods of Blood and Powder, will hit shelves on May 15thth and because of that I've been a little pre-occupied with getting people to order the book ahead of the release.

A lot of people ask me if pre-orders are more important or make me more money than if, say, they waited until the book has hit the shelves and bought it then. All things being equal, they do not make me more money. They are, however, more important for a couple different reasons.

The most obvious reason are bestseller lists. Pre-orders count toward first week sales that often determine whether a book winds up on a bestselling list, a possibility that can be huge for any author.

Pre-orders also affect what happens behind the scenes. A large number of pre-orders can cause a vendor (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million) to go back to my publisher and ask for another order of books. That's before the book is even out. How cool is that? That order could be 200. It could be 2000. Doesn't matter how small it is, another order is fantastic. In addition, notes will be made about how well these books seem to be selling. My publisher can go to their other vendors and say "Hey, X just ordered another 300 copies of Y, which means you'll probably have a high demand as well. Can we send you more?"

It's a snowball effect. It can cause sales to grow before the book even hits the shelves, which gets booksellers and the publisher excited for it, and they'll turn around and push it even harder to the book-buying public.

What I'm saying is: if you plan on buying a book, head over to your favorite vendor and put your money down ahead of release. It really does make a difference.

You can pre-order Wrath of Empire from the following links:

My very first UK signing!

I've just been given the information about my very first UK signing and thought I'd pass it on over to you guys! It'll be at the Hatchet Inn Bristol (hosted by Books on the Hill) from 12-2PM on Saturday, May 19th. It'll start with a panel including three other authors -- Joanne Hall, Peter Newman, and Lucy Hounsom -- after which we'll sign books and hang out and chat. You can respond to the facebook event here.

As mentioned, this is my first event in the UK (as well as my first time ever in the UK) and I couldn't be more excited! I'm hoping locals can make it over to say hi and get your signed copies of Wrath of Empire!

For those of you who can't make it, I will be at MCM London Comic Con the following weekend. My schedule hasn't been announced yet, but I'll post it here as soon as I find out.