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The Hammer and the Blade

The Hammer and the Blade

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by Paul S. Kemp
     
 

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Egil and Nix, adventurers and swords for hire, are pulled into the dark schemes of a decadent family with a diabolical secret. A fast paced adventure redolent with the best of classic sword and sorcery tales.

File Under: Fantasy [ Swords | Hammers | Deadly Secrets | Time To Die ]

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Egil and Nix, adventurers and swords for hire, are pulled into the dark schemes of a decadent family with a diabolical secret. A fast paced adventure redolent with the best of classic sword and sorcery tales.

File Under: Fantasy [ Swords | Hammers | Deadly Secrets | Time To Die ]

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After raiding the tomb of the Afirion ruler Abn Sur, adventurer Nix Fall and priest Egil decide to retire and settle down as owners of a tavern. Unfortunately, their plans do not take into consideration the wizard Rakon, who magically compels them to rob another Afirion grave and secure an ancient horn that Rakon ostensibly plans to use to cure his two ailing sisters. When one of those sisters manages to get inside Nix’s head, Rakon’s plans are revealed as less than altruistic, and Nix and Egil face a dilemma made more complex by the spell that binds them. The structure of the story has the feeling of a classic Dungeons & Dragons campaign as the heroes and supporting cast cross a wasted plateau in search of the tomb; however, the strong characters, setting, and history turn what could be a cookie-cutter adventure into a gripping tale. (July)
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"The structure of the story has the feeling of a classic Dungeons & Dragons campaign as the heroes and supporting cast cross a wasted plateau in search of the tomb; however, the strong characters, setting, and history turn what could be a cookie-cutter adventure into a gripping tale." - Publisher's Weekly

"Enough page-turning mayhem to sate the most avid sword & sorcery fans" – Elaine Cunningham, author of The Thorn Trilogy 

"This rollicking tale hooked me from the get-go. Told with zest and humor, this is everything that is good and golden about classic old-school fantasy yarns. It joins my precious bedside shelf of favorite re-reads, 'comfort food' books I turn to again and again. Egil and Nix might not be the safest guys to go adventuring with, but they're sure good company. I'll be waiting for a sequel. Impatiently." – Ed Greenwood, bestselling creator of Forgotten Realms

"The Hammer and the Blade is an instant classic, with its punchy sense of humor, likeable heroes, and fast-paced, creative fight sequences. Killing a demon is just the prologue and after that the real adventure begins." - City Book Review

Library Journal
Egil, priest of the Momentary God, and his companion Nix, a man of many shady talents, let loose a demon while they're on their way to the tomb of a wizard-king in order to acquire an idol. They slay the demon, then discover that a powerful family devoted to the demon's house seeks vengeance. Kemp ("The Twilight War" series) delivers sword and sorcery at its rollicking best, after the fashion of Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857662453
Publisher:
Watkins Media
Publication date:
06/26/2012
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

Paul S. Kemp is a lawyer.  That is bad.  He is also the bestselling author of the Erevis Cale sword and sorcery stories and several Star Wars novels.  That is good.  It's a little known fact that Paul has maimed eight men and three llamas using only an unsharpened pencil and a stick of Wrigley's gum.  Now you know, too.  He does not hum show tunes.  Paul lives in Michigan with his wife and twin sons.

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