The Hammer and the Blade
by Paul Kemp
The Hammer and the Blade is your classic fantasy adventure novel. Egil and Nix are tomb robbers and adventurers. They are a bit clichéd and the thing that I liked about it was that they know and freely admit it. After robbing a tomb and killing a devil they decide that they are through with the adventure business and have decided to go respectable. So they went and bought a bar/brothel. Unfortunately right when they thought they were done, a group of solders show up and force them back in. I thought the writing was fine. Not exactly flowing prose but did the job for an adventure novel. The main characters Nix and Egil were fully developed and I enjoyed the relationship they have together as friends. This was a very quick read and was a nice change of pace for me. If you are looking for a classic action fantasy novel look no further, literary masterpiece, go elsewhere. -- recommended by Wyatt P. - Gere Branch Library [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the follow up in the series, A Discourse in Steel.]
[ official Tales of Egil and Nix page on the official Paul S. Kemp web site ]
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