What’s it gonna take for me to put your nose in this book today?

TheHammer&theBlade(corrected)Heated seats?  Swords? Sorcery?  Witty dialog? All standard.  :-)

Anyway, The Hammer and the Blade (the first Tale of Egil and Nix), which Library Journal called, “sword and sorcery at its rollicking best, after the fashion of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser,” is available for Nook and Kindle for a mere $1.99.

So, if you’e been waiting to get in on the action with Egil and Nix, now’s a great time to take the book for a spin.  Need more?

Here’s the Top Ten Reasons you should read it. Still need convincing?

Then read the first fifty pages right here.

And if you enjoy Hammer, you can go on with the second story of the boys from Dur Follin, A Discourse in Steel (and then — and then! — there are two more coming after that).

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9 Comments

  1. I admit it, I came here after it was linked from a page, linked from a page linked from a page angry at your masculine stories blog post.

    After I ready your blog post on your ‘masculine’ stories I was intrigued enough to put my dollars on the barrel head.

    Just ordered via Amazon. Frankly your reference to the characters of your childhood swayed me, Growing up with Arthurian legends, and Conan (love Robert E. Howard even if that no longer PC). I’m excited to get your book and see how it goes. Seems it’ll be a good fit on the shelf next to the latest Larry Correia and Chuck Dixon novels, other authors who carry forward an ‘outdated’ sense of masculinity for us neanderthals. ;)

    • Well, I hope you enjoy, Hyrum. I’ve been amused by the slew of angry responses to that piece. I think the responses say much about the outrage culture of the internet (and the groupthink, tribalism, and insistence on “right thinking” that go along with it) but otherwise say nothing of note. So it goes.

      Again, hope you dig Egil and Nix.

  2. Hello Paul,

    Just got through A Discourse in Steel. Read it immediately after consuming The Hammer and the Blade. Took 3-4 days. I do love the stories and the characters. Hope there are many more.

    Jeff Lee

  3. Well…I already snagged this after your “masculine” post that raised such ire. Had I known heated seats may have been included in the deal, I would have waited until now. It is four degrees outside right now. I want those heated seats.

  4. Just finished both of your Egil and Nix books in a matter of week (real life interfered or I’d have finished more quickly) and am already craving more of those two.

    I love your style of writing. It takes more skill than most would think to come up with witty banter that is natural and believable–and funny!–and you accomplish that wonderfully. Same thing with your action sequences. Thank you so much for giving me something to sink my brain into so I could forget the world for a bit.

    Now. As a person who very much appreciates your writing, which book of yours do you recommend I read next?

    • I’d say SHADOWBRED. You can see if the Cale stories (which are a bit darker and higher magic than the Egil and Nix stories) ring your bell. :-)

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