The Dread Hammer

The Dread Hammer by Linda Nagata

Stories of the Puzzle Lands – Book 1
by Linda Nagata
$3.99 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-937197-08-7

A tale of love, war, murder, marriage, and fate.

He lurks beside the forest road, a charming, well-armed young murderer, not altogether human. She draws near, a contrary shepherdess fleeing an unwanted marriage. When he overhears her prayer for help, whispered to the Dread Hammer, he decides to grant it — and love takes him by surprise. But love soon proves a greater challenge than murder.

An enthralling, dark tale of love, war, murder, marriage, and fate, by the award-winning author of The Bohr Maker and Goddesses & Other Stories.

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“Smoke is the core of the story, a wonderful flawed character. His love for Ketty is pure but it may be the only thing about him that is. A perfect killer with atrocities tied to him, he is feared by all […] Intriguing and hard to pin down is our Smoke, but a whole lot of fun to read about.” —Fantasy Review Barn

“Richly developed characters drive the action of the novel and lend it the feel of an epic fantasy without the page count. The book’s hero, Smoke, is an almost mythic figure: complex, powerful, and conflicted. Smoke’s relationships are filled with turmoil, passion, and deeply human moments. Smoke’s vulnerability serves as an excellent contrast to his power.” –Jared Nelson

Also see: Hepen The Watcher — Stories of the Puzzle Lands – Book 2