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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.

Critic Reviews

"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

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.

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  • Dave
  • Macquarie Park, Australia
  • 07-16-12

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.

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  • F3EN
  • PERU, IN, United States
  • 05-31-14

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.

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  • Joshua
  • VALLEJO, CA, United States
  • 11-27-13

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.

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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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Short compared to many books of its types, but well worth the buy!

I loved this book from start to finish.

The backstory provided for the protagonists is just deep enough to sate most curiosity, while creating an irresistible allure for more. The plot is solid, and at the end has a huge twist that I did not see coming. I typically am drawn to book thrice as long as this one, but have no regrets about this story being broken up into parts.

I just downloaded the next one in line. If it remains true to the character of the first book, then I'm sure it will be a pleasure.

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great book

loved this book! this my 237th book and I plan to listen to sequels today.

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Good old fashioned sword & sorcery fun

I find most contemporary fantasy to be really slow & ponderous, great writing and memorable characters maybe, but the current fashion of 9 volumes of 600+ pages each in a series is just too much for me.

This book gets right to the meat of what I enjoy the most about fantasy, cool swordfights, creepy ancient wizards and fun action.

If you're looking for something more reminiscent of classic fantasy action (Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, etc) then check this out.

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sword and sorcery. good listen.

for me this was a classic low fantasy Tale woven by Paul S Kemp then directed and narrated expertly. the characters were compelling and left me wanting more. I intend to listen to the other books in the series just so I can learn more.

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Good book, lacking a hook

Enjoyed the book, but overall it lacked a hook to keep me going. Overall it took me a year of on and off listening to finish which is unusual. The characters are likeable, the action well told and the world interesting, it was just a tad to predictable with the different story beats feeling too compartmentalized. Still I would listen to another book in this world.
Read if you enjoyed Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser books.