Brian McClellan

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Brian McClellan
McClellan at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon
McClellan at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon
Born (1986-01-25) January 25, 1986 (age 32)
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Period 2013–present (published)
Genre Fantasy
Notable works The Powder Mage trilogy
Spouse Michele McClellan
Not to confuse with Brian MacLellan.

Brian McClellan (born January 25, 1986[1]) is an American writer of epic fantasy. He is best known for The Powder Mage trilogy.


McClellan began writing when he was fifteen, starting at Wheel of Time role playing websites. He began working on short stories and novellas in his late teens, when he was encouraged toward writing by his parents.[2]

McClellan went on to major in English with an emphasis on creative writing at Brigham Young University, where he met American author Brandon Sanderson, joining his writing classes.[3] McClellan, wanting his writing to be more than just art, was determined to become a full-time writer. In 2006 he attended Orson Scott Card's Literary Bootcamp. In 2008 he received honorable mention in the Writers of the Future Contest.

McClellan published his first book, Promise of Blood, in 2013. The second book, The Crimson Campaign, has been released in May 2014.[4] As of February 2015, his next novel, Autumn Republic concluded [5] the planned Powder Mage trilogy, with its UK publication.

In 2014, his debut novel, Promise of Blood, won the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer.[6]


The Powder Mage trilogy[edit]

Gods of Blood and Powder trilogy[edit]

  • Sins of Empire (2017)
  • Wrath of Empire (May 15, 2018)
  • Blood of Empire (June 13, 2019)

Novellas and Short Stories[edit]

Eleven novellas and short stories set in the world of The Powder Mage trilogy were released:

  • Hope's End (2013)
  • The Girl of Hrusch Avenue (2013)
  • Forsworn (2014)
  • The Face in the Window (2014)
  • Servant of the Crown (2014)
  • Murder at the Kinnen Hotel (2014)
  • Return to Honor (2015)
  • Green-Eyed Vipers (2015)
  • Ghosts of the Tristan Basin (2016)
  • The Mad Lancers (2017)
  • Siege of Tilpur (2017)


  • War Cry (2018)[7]


  1. ^ McClellan, Brian (January 24, 2017). "Birthday! Free Stuff! Yay!". Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  2. ^ Weimer, Paul (April 3, 2013). "Interview:Brian McClellan Talks Epic Fantasy and "Promise of Blood"". SF Signal. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  3. ^ "Rob's Blog o' Stuff: Guest Post: Brian McClellan on Learning to Write from Brandon Sanderson". April 8, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  4. ^ "» The Crimson Campaign". May 6, 2013. Archived from the original on December 27, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  5. ^ "» THE AUTUMN REPUBLIC – the exciting conclusion to the Powder Mage trilogy is out now!". February 12, 2015. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  6. ^ "Gemmell Awards for Fantasy - the 2014 winners!". DLGA blog. Archived from the original on July 7, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
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