War Cry by Brian McClellan – Review

Cover- War Cry

Published: August 28, 2018

Publisher: Tor.com

Series: Standalone

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 112 (Kindle Edition)

My Rating: 4.0/5.0

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


On the high plains, war is life.

Teado has been a part of the war effort for as long as he can remember. His childhood was spent in the aircraft and ammunition factories until his power manifested. Now he is on the front lines, fighting the great war as one of the monstrous shapeshifting wizards that are all but extinct after decades of battle.

Behind enemy lines, Teado’s special operations platoon plays a deadly game of cat and mouse, sabotaging and demoralizing the enemy. But food is scarce. The enemy has pushed their main forces back further and their requests for resupply have gone unanswered. They will make one last dangerous bid for survival and, maybe, change the course of the war forever.

I find that most novellas, while entertaining, just don’t quite satisfy like a full length novel. In some ways that is just as true in the case of War Cry. From what I can find, this is a standalone so it isn’t going to give you the same depth as if it were going to be a series or if it were an addendum to a larger world that already existed like the Powder Mage novellas. But that’s ok and here’s why.

War Cry is fascinating stuff – it’s set in a world that’s is technologically equivalent to World War II but with the added bonus of magic. The magic isn’t particularly unique and features shapeshifters, illusionists, and fire summoners though it was really interesting to see how McClellan incorporated types of magic users into the more modern warfare. The story itself was extremely gripping and I actually really liked the characters from the beginning. The nature of novellas is that the reader is dropped into a situation with pretty minimal explanation of the world and current events, but in this case it wasn’t a big deal.

War Cry may be one of the best novellas I’ve read and I would absolutely read a full length series set in this world. I have so many questions that I need answered! I read this in a single sitting because it clocks in at a mere 112 pages, so I would pick this up in digital format (personal preference).

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