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The Hammer and the Blade Audiobook

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

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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.

    13 of 14 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 2015
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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.


    3 of 3 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.

    1 of 1 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 2015
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob 02-02-13
    Jacob 02-02-13 Member Since 2013
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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.

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    Matthew S Tyree 10-05-16
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    "Paul S. Kemp Has a Winner Here!"

    Egil & Nix are the most fun I've had in a fantasy story in many years! Fast-paced with great action sequences, you feel like you're standing side-by-side with the lads on their journeys! keep'em coming!

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    dyreno 08-03-16
    dyreno 08-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "adventuring outcast trying to be better men"

    A great tale of fantasy adventure.
    No grand heroes on a quest for greatness to drive back the foul doers of evil.
    Nope, just a couple of tomb robbers trying to retire when an unforeseen debt comes there way. Forced into serving a malevolent sorcerer to his ends.
    But the story proves it's worth. The characters have great depth and personality. Good spirit of adventure overall.
    The final act is a great turning point. Where our ragtag duo or put to a choice, Walk away and let bad things happen to innocent people or Be better men.
    Great book.

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    R. Remillard 10-30-15

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    "Full of excitement and excellently read!!!"

    Paul kept you guessing, very well read, excellent fight scenes. Nick did very well in narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Graymouser65 Cockeysville, MD USA 07-09-15
    Graymouser65 Cockeysville, MD USA 07-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Tip of the Cap to Fritz Leiber"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, if they are a fan of classic sword and sorcery fiction. The humor, dark sorcery, and bizarre situations the two heroes, Egil and Nix (close enough to a certain well-known duo from Lankhmar but different enough to be interesting!), find themselves in is a definite salute to classic pulp sword and sorcery fiction from yesteryear. However, these two are less "roguish" and more "heroic" than most classic sword and sorcery characters and there is a bit more of a contemporary presentation of the two main female characters who a) drive the plot in a way that is not dependent upon them being romantic interests for Egil and Nix, and b) are very intelligent and strong characters in their own right.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Egil. His devotion to his dead god and his heroic disposition made him very easy to cheer for.


    What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voices for both Egil and Nix really bring the characters to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Goo-gahs.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the second book in the series almost as much as this one. It has more background development for both Egil and Nix and a very interesting villain as well. However, the adventure they are on in the second book I found a bit less involved.

    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 2015
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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