Glass Immortals #1 In the Shadow of Lightning by Brian McClellan

Posted January 6, 2024 by jrsbookr in Fantasy / 0 Comments

by Brian McClellan
Glass Immortals #1 In the Shadow of Lightning by Brian McClellanIn the Shadow of Lightning Series: Glass Immortal Series #1
Published by Tor Publishing Group on June 21, 2022
Source: Review copy
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure, Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Pages: 560
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Format: ARC
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From Brian McClellan, author of The Powder Mage trilogy, comes the first novel in the Glass Immortals series, In the Shadow of Lightning, an epic fantasy where magic is a finite resource—and it’s running out.

"Excellent worldbuilding and a truly epic narrative combine into Brian's finest work to date. Heartily recommended to anyone who wants a new favorite fantasy series to read."—Brandon Sanderson

Demir Grappo is an outcast—he fled a life of wealth and power, abandoning his responsibilities as a general, a governor, and a son. Now he will live out his days as a grifter, rootless, and alone. But when his mother is brutally murdered, Demir must return from exile to claim his seat at the head of the family and uncover the truth that got her killed: the very power that keeps civilization turning, godglass, is running out.

Now, Demir must find allies, old friends and rivals alike, confront the powerful guild-families who are only interested in making the most of the scraps left at the table and uncover the invisible hand that threatens the Empire. A war is coming, a war unlike any other. And Demir and his ragtag group of outcasts are the only thing that stands in the way of the end of life as the world knows it.

"Powerful rival families, murderous conspiracies, epic battles, larger-than-life characters, and magic."—Fonda Lee, author of The Green Bone Saga

"Engaging, fast-paced and epic."—James Islington, author of In The Shadow of What Was Lost

"Clever, fun, and by turns beautifully bloody, In the Shadow of Lightning hits like a bolt through a stained glass window."—Megan E. O'Keefe, author of Chaos Vector

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Reading Challenges: Beat the backlist

Why I Picked This Up:

This one was highly recommeded by various groups on facebook as a must read.  It also counts for my beat the back list challenge as this book has lived in my stacks of books since for a year according to goodreads so not as long as some of my books.



In the Shadow of Lightning is an epic fantasy story by Brian McClellan and is the first in his Glass Immortal Series. A new to me author, so when I pulled this one from the stack, I asked around to see what others thought, and I got an astounding you need to read this now. It was my first print read of the year, and I was blown away and wished I had read it when I got it in the mail—the magic system centers around the glass, which I found to be unique. I can only think of another series I read that used glass, and that is the Glass Magician series. I highly recommend this if you are a fan of Brent week’s Prisma series, as it has the same kind of feel of layers of plot and twists you don’t see coming. The characters are all multi-layered, and at times, you are not quite sure who to trust; the whole story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Eager for the next installment.

About Brian McClellan

Brian McClellan is an American epic fantasy author from Cleveland, Ohio. He is known for his acclaimed Powder Mage Universe and essays on the life and business of being a writer.

Brian now lives on the side of a mountain in Utah with his wife, Michele, where he writes books and nurses a crippling video game addiction.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges: