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The Hammer and the Blade: A Tale of Egil and Nix | [Paul S. Kemp]

The Hammer and the Blade: A Tale of Egil and Nix

So here’s the plan: Kill the demon, steal the treasure, and retire to a life of luxury! It sounds easy when put like that. However, most unfortunately for warrior-priest Egil and sneak thief Nix, when the demon they kill turns out to have worshippers in high places, retirement is not an option. A wonderfully fast-paced fantasy adventure redolent of the classic tales of swords and sorcery, from New York Times best-selling author Paul S. Kemp.
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Publisher's Summary

So here’s the plan: Kill the demon, steal the treasure, and retire to a life of luxury!

It sounds easy when put like that. However, most unfortunately for warrior-priest Egil and sneak thief Nix, when the demon they kill turns out to have worshippers in high places, retirement is not an option.

A wonderfully fast-paced fantasy adventure redolent of the classic tales of swords and sorcery, from New York Times best-selling author Paul S. Kemp.

©2012 Paul Kemp (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This rollicking tale hooked me from the get-go. Egil and Nix might not be the safest guys to go adventuring with, but they’re sure good company.” (Ed Greenwood, creator of Forgotten Realms)

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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 07-21-12
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "4 stars standard sword and sorcery fantasy"

    Since 'The Lies of Locke Lamora', I can not seem to pass any fantasy book with thieves and promise of humor. This book however is not of a caliber of 'The Lies..'. It is pretty much a standard fantasy book about two thieves who also are little bit of magician and priest (go figure). Use of magic openly used to gain more power magical powers by the main bad guy making this book pretty much standard.

    Characters are flushed out to an extent, but I am not too sure if world building is as good. There is humor in the book as well, but it will not make the reader uncontrollably laugh while driving.

    There are couple of interesting points in the book. The pact with the devil is of unique kind I thought. Also, end has a bit of a surprise as well. Depending on your perspective, it could be a one of the more satisfying endings.

    Another good reason to pick this book up would be the narrator. I am having 'King Killer Chronicles' withdrawals and listening to Nick Podehl helps : ) Needless to say that narration is very good and entertaining.

    In conclusion, it is light standard fantasy book with good narration. I would recommend this book for times when we are waiting for high caliber books to arrive.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Macquarie Park, Australia 07-16-12
    Dave Macquarie Park, Australia 07-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Just Plain Brilliant"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hammer and the Blade the most enjoyable?

    I downloaded this on a whim, and then was thrilled when I realised the narrator was Nick Podehl who lent his voice to Patrick Rothfus' last two books.

    The story itself is rollicking and downright fun. It is witty, adventurous and the characters are incredibly well drawn.

    well worth a listen, I cant wait for more standalone work from Paul.S.Kemp.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edgel - his wonderful dry and somewhat conflicted nature.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, brilliant as always.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob 02-02-13
    Jacob 02-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome!"

    Lots of action. Great story and the characters are really funny. Was laughing out loud throughout the story and a great ending. Will have you looking and waiting for a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alisa 06-15-14
    Alisa 06-15-14

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    "Derivative D&D Fantasy"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book reads like someone's D&D campaign notes. Charismatic rogue and dual-wielding war cleric versus the world! Nix and Egil, tomb-robbing duo, end up Dominate Person'd -- excuse me -- enspelled -- by an evil sorcerer who seeks to free a long-lost demon so it can rape his sisters.

    No, really.

    Nix, the narrator, has one year of wizard training, can pick any lock, and has a smart tongue. Egil is the taciturn foil to his quick-talking friend, and the two of them together do whatever they want: including breaking into tombs with textbook Dungeons and Dragons acid traps and animated statues, backpacks full of minor magic items, and traveling unsurvivable Demon Wastes.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm going to listen next to Three Parts Dead, by Max Gladstone, or to Two Serpents Rise, also by Max Gladstone. Or Tehanu, by Ursula LeGuin.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any of the narrator's other performances. He did a good job with this material, and I'd listen to his performances in another genre, or by another author, with little hesitation.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This might make a decent movie -- after all, it fails at all the things Hollywood routinely fails at, and would do well with good special effects.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a derivative D&D fantasy novel with a plot that isn't completely unoriginal and don't mind female characters who exist only as props, or feeling like you're listening to someone war-storying his D&D campaign, this book is great.

    If you want a 3-dimensional fantasy universe, female characters with agency, villains who are more than 2-dimensional, or non-stereotypical main characters, look elsewhere.

    The only women in this book are mother crone figures, a variety of tavern whores, and two drugged sorceresses who only exist in order to be raped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    F3EN PERU, IN, United States 05-31-14
    F3EN PERU, IN, United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2013

    Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.

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    "Karma she is a Witch"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nix and Egil. They crack me up. Their like brothers. Always busting each others balls. Laughed out load alot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of this story was very good at keeping me engaged. The scene that really got me was the last scene. Justice was served.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This story did have me hooked. I listen in 2 listens. I think Nick Podehl had Alot to do with that. Every Nick Podehl story I've listen to has been Awsome. Even the ones not highly rated. He seems to pull it off.


    Any additional comments?

    This was surprisingly good.It did not BLOW my mind, but very entertaining.Check it out .You will enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua VALLEJO, CA, United States 11-27-13
    Joshua VALLEJO, CA, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Perfect Sword and Sorcery"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the perfect book. Not too complex but easily gripping. Just clean fun.


    What other book might you compare The Hammer and the Blade to and why?

    A Conan story written by a modern author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very firs scene!


    Any additional comments?

    I have been looking for a a book for several months. It reminds me why I fell in Love with the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-30-12
    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Old School Pulp antasy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hammer and the Blade to be better than the print version?

    Unfortunately, what with not being able to see and all, I've never read the print version.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    While I throughly enjoyed this book, I didn't have any strong emotions tied to it. Now that I think about it, that might be one of the reasons I liked it as much as I did. With some many fantasy novels these days having strong and distinctive social or political messages, it was nice to sit back and veg out to some good ole fashioned sword and sorcery, It reminded me of some of the early Conan short stories which I loved as a kid.


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    Rick Olympia, WA, United States 08-07-12
    Rick Olympia, WA, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great adventure"
    If you could sum up The Hammer and the Blade in three words, what would they be?

    I had never heard of this author or the narrator. What a pleasant surprise this book was. As with any new story it took me a few minutes to figure out what was happening. The action started and I was hooked. The narrator did a great job with the different character and I didn't have any problem knowing who was talking. The overall story was very good and the author kept things moving. I look forward to the next adventure.


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    john Wake forest, NC, United States 08-19-12
    john Wake forest, NC, United States 08-19-12

    I am a Chef and have two boys. I also have 2 accounts.

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    "COULD NOT FINISH"

    I COULD NOT FINISH THIS BOOK. I TRIED, ALMOST GOT TO THE END, BUT I JUST GAVE UP. IT WAS BORING.

    1 of 19 people found this review helpful
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