Review: The Hammer and the Blade by Paul S. Kemp

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If Locke Lamora and Indiana Jones had babies together, it’d probably be really weird and hella awkward.

But after the awkwardness faded you’d end up with some quick talking, ass-kicking, trap defying, grave robbing mofos.

And they shall be named Nix and Egil. The heroes of our tale.

These two characters have a bond and camaraderie that makes them feel more real than your usual fantasy hero. And they are what gives life to what could have been just another fantasy story. Their wisecracks and wit make for an enjoyable read.

The story itself is fast-paced and action packed with fights aplenty. Add in the tomb robbing and a bordello brawl and you’ve got the makings of an excellent adventure.

There are a couple of downsides though. First is a pretty flat villain who seems more like a generic stand-in, rent-a-baddie than a real character. The second is the ending which seemed really abrupt. I expected maybe a page or two of winding down but nope, it just ends.

Ah well, it was still a fun ride.

I can’t wait for the next adventure.

Four Damned Gewgaws

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