Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Hammer and the Blade - Paul S. Kemp

If you crossed Jim Zubkavich's Skullkickers and Fritz Leiber's Lankhmar stories you would likely get something of the tone of the Hammer and the Blade. A light hearted sword and sorcery romp at times and nasty demon forced breeding plot at others. Two aging adventurers decide to rob a tomb on a lark and kill a demon in the process. A demon that is part of the power base of the family of the sorcerer to their Lord Mayor in their city. Deciding to settle down they buy not just a tavern, but a brothel the thief and priest duo are shanghaied by said sorcerer and goons to do what they do best, break in to ancient sites and let loose the last remaining demon of the breed for the sorcerer to inflict on his sister. 3.5 out of 5

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