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The Witch of the Sands (The Hounds of the North, #1)

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A DARK FANTASY ADVENTURE

Shield Scyldmund captured his prize: the bloody head of a desert chieftain. But despite the promise of desperately needed coins, the aging swordsman is disturbed.

After two decades of hunting down deadly witches and warlocks for the Dhurman Empire, Shield and his ruthless band of mercenary Northmen have been reduced to common bounty hunters in the
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Kindle Edition, 66 pages
Published September 20th 2015 (first published October 20th 2014)
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Charles
Feb 05, 2015 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sword and Sorcery written in the Howard tradition, with a nod or two toward Robert E. Howard. I believe I also saw some Glen Cook influence, particularly from his Black Company books. This is a novella length work.

I liked this quite a bit. I thought the beginning started out a little slow. It was mostly dialogue from characters that we hadn't yet gotten to know well. Once the story got going, though, it rolled right along. The magic/sorcery concept here is a good one, involving words/songs of po
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Rob Matheny
Jul 20, 2015 Rob Matheny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exciting first entry into what should be an amazing series from a talented writer. The Witch of the Sands resounds with classic sword and sorcery action blended with guttural emotional depth. Fans of barbarians and monsters will love this story, and fans of fantasy will be enthralled with its rich setting and immersive world-building. I'm very much looking forward to reading the next book in the series, and look forward to seeing if Shield Scyldmund will find the redemption he and his men ...more
Ashe Armstrong
This was a fairly fun story. Plenty of sword & sorcery imagery to fill your mind's eye with. I really like the use of song in magic. That said, it could use a little more polish. At worst, it's mostly just in need of some editing. Change of phrase here, word swap there, nothing major. Give it a look though.
Angie
Apr 10, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I recieved this book courtesy of good reads first reads. This is a short 56 pages. It's an excellent start of a story based around a man on a mission to extinguish dark magic from the world. There are alot of loose ends that I assume can only mean we are going to see a sequel. I enjoyed the authors working style even if the dialog is fairly simple. It's short and to the point and good for anyone looking for a game of thrones esc Web comic kind of read. I could easily see this illustrated and set ...more
Dann Todd
Oct 05, 2015 Dann Todd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
3 stars on my scale was an enjoyable book, but not one that I would want to read again. A more accurate estimate of my experience would be 2.5 stars.

Received as a free ebook via the author’s website.

This book appeared to be the skeleton of a good story. It had enough sinew and tendons to hold it together, but lacked in flesh. Forgive the grim/dark approach in the preceding.

The characters seemed a bit wooden; as if they were pieces to be moved on a board game instead of living people represented
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Bruce
Jun 25, 2016 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Step back into a time when Fantasy meant Sword & Sorcery and the the same vein as Fritz Lieber’s Fafred and Glen Cook’s The Black Company, comes Shield Scyldmund and the Hounds making their way way into a desert as the mercenary band hunts witches & warlocks. All is not well with the Hounds, out of coin, far from home they no longer believe in the mission.

This is the type of book I love!, imagine a mercenary band with Conan, Kull, Fafred and every other giant northman, age them 20 years
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Peter Fugazzotto is a writer of fantasy and science fiction. His short stories have been published in Heroic Fantasy Quarterly and Grimdark Magazine. His series The Hounds of North was launched with The Witch of the Sands in 2014. He is a lifelong martial artist and a World Champion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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