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The Hammer and the Blade by Paul S. Kemp
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Jul 13, 2012

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bookshelves: adult-fantasy
Read in July, 2012

A decent yarn from front to back - a light tale, well told and with a wry sense of humour that held my attention. Ultimately though, a bit thin for my tastes. Much was hinted at about the the society in which our stalwart heroes sell their wares, and about the older cultures whose tombs them, but these were teases only. Not enough was provided to make them seem real. The rapport between Nix and Egil was enjoyable, but again, hints of depth without quite giving enough. The magic system was fairly vanilla, and the villains were pretty black and white. If you're looking for a fun romp, this is your dog, but if you like your fantasy to have a bit more heft, you might want to move along.

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