Mini Review: Return to Honor (Powder Mage 1.5) by Brian McClellan

Rating: 7/10


Captain Vlora is a powder mage in the Adran army. Once the favored, adopted daughter of the field marshal, she is now a pariah amongst those she called her family. Her superior officers would like nothing more than to send her to a far off posting and forget about her, but no one is exempt when there is a war – and powder mages are desperately needed.


Thank you to Hachette Audio for this listening copy. Receiving this LC did not affect my review in any way.

I want to start off by saying that this short story shouldn’t be read unless you have at least read the first entry in the Powder Mage series. There are certain things that are necessary to understand from the first Powder Mage book to fully understand and appreciate this story.

This short story was just that. It was a simple, fun, and very short story. It was just nice to get back into the Powder Mage world and hang out with Vlora and Olem. It was rewarding to get some more character development from Vlora. There was some action and mystery involved which was also quite enjoyable, especially the parts where Vlora uses her powder mage abilities.

I would love to have more to say about this short story, but at only 1 hour and 19 minutes (51 pages) there isn’t too much to talk about. I would recommend this if you are a fan of the Powder Mage books and just want to re-enter the world and enjoy a story with some of your favorite characters.

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