Full disclosure: I haven’t read any of the “classic” sword & sorcery books like Moorcock, Lieber, or Howard, from which this book is heavily derived.
What a fun tale.
Imagine a fantasy buddy comedy. That’s pretty much what The Hammer and the Blade is.
I did like the story, and the characters were fun to hang out with, but overall I gave it three stars because that’s all it was: fun. I’m not sure if I would go back and re-read it, because I don’t think I would gain anything new.
Also, a few small writing quirks notched this down for me. Most notably how the author uses words that stand out frequently in the span of a few pages, and the result is quite jarring.
It’s a natural thing to happen when you’re writing, but I think an editor should catch that before publication…
Anyway, a fun sword & sorcery romp filled with adventure and humour!