The Hammer and the Blade : Egil and Nix

  • by Paul S. Kemp
  • Narrated by Nick Podehl
  • Series: Egil and Nix
  • 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Adnan

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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- Dave

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-26-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio