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A Conversation in Blood: An Egil & Nix Novel Hardcover – January 24, 2017
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“An adventure perfect for fantasy fans and action-movie lovers. It will take readers on a wild ride with heart-pounding fights, harebrained schemes, and several laugh-out-loud moments.”—Booklist
“If you enjoy storytelling with the content sensibilities of Game of Thrones, then imagine George R. R. Martin forced to write while strapped to the front of a War Boys’ car going 100 mph, pumped full of Jolt Cola and Pixy Sticks with Metallica blaring from the speakers and you approximate the full Egil & Nix experience that [Paul S.] Kemp delivers.”—Rebels Report
Praise for Paul S. Kemp’s thrilling Egil & Nix novels
“Most heroes work up to killing demons. Egil and Nix start there and pick up the pace.”—Elaine Cunningham, author of Honor Among Thieves
“Kemp delivers sword and sorcery at its rollicking best, after the fashion of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.”—Library Journal
“Egil and Nix might not be the safest guys to go adventuring with, but they’re sure good company.”—Ed Greenwood, bestselling creator of Forgotten Realms
“Did I mention how much fun Egil and Nix are? So. Much. Damn. Fun.”—Tor.com
About the Author
Paul S. Kemp is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Star Wars: Crosscurrent, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived, and Star Wars: Riptide, as well as numerous short stories and fantasy novels, including The Hammer and the Blade and A Discourse in Steel. Paul S. Kemp lives and works in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, with his wife, children, and a couple of cats.
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Paul S. Kemp is back for his third installment of the Egil and Nix trilogy. An epic story about two best friends going out and causing havoc with an extra large dose of smartassery. ~Larry Killian, The Founding Fields
The Egil & Nix storyline is one that I’ve been following for years now, waiting with bated breath for the third installment to finally release after the series was sold to Del Ray. When the book was finally announced I was like a little school girl waiting for the book to become available for reviewer. Upon opening the book I knew the magic was still there, I knew this was something that the wait was worth it, and something that I hope is not finished yet. I think it would be great if Paul would take the series and make it into an epic saga instead of just a trilogy.
Nix is a nimble thief with just enough knowledge of magic to get into serious trouble. Egil is the only priest of a discredited god. Together, they seek riches and renown, but somehow it is always misadventure and mayhem that find them—even in the dive bar they call home. And their luck has yet to change.
All Nix wants to do is cheer Egil up after a bout of heartbreak. And, of course, strike it so rich that they need never worry about their combined bar bill. But when the light-fingered scoundrel plunders a tomb and snatches mysterious golden plates covered in runes, the treasure brings terrifying trouble. Pursued by an abomination full of ravenous hunger and unquenchable wrath, Egil and Nix find all they hold dear—including their beloved tavern—in dire peril. To say nothing of the world itself.
Egil and Nix are two characters that have an Odd Couple dynamic to them but it just fits. You’ve got the “magic school dropout” full of glib and sarcasm with Nix. Then you have someone who is serious but not quite totally straight faced with Egil, the priest of the momentary God, the only priest. The character dynamic between the two just grows even more with the third book. I do have to say takes on a bit of a darker tone compared to the first two. While there is still comedy there I feel as if there’s not as much as there used to be. This does not make the book bad, in fact it makes the book its own, not a cookie-cutter that is copying off the two previous books.
If you ask me if I’m going to recommend this book I’m going to say absolutely there’s no reason not to read it, it’s fun, it’s exciting, it has moments that make you hold your breath. Of course this is the third book in the series so you need to go read the first two. Paul definitely does not disappoint with this series, it is fantasy at its best.
One of the things I love about Kemp’s novels is how he takes a fun tale and makes it epic. At the center of things is Egil and Nix. Egil is a priest of the momentary god, Nix and expelled sorcerer, and the two of them tomb robbers extraordinaire. Add to that their witty dialog, and you have a story with an amusement level through the roof. It’s easy to get lost in the conversations and swept away, many of them bringing a smile to your face.
Then again, that fun banter leads to mischief, adventure, and inevitably doom. The stakes are never small with these two and that’s where the epic quality kicks in. Throughout the series, we’ve caught glimpses of a greater world and a rich past. A Conversation in Blood boldly goes forth to reveal the world’s greatest secret and the origin of some of its most familiar landmarks. The story explores the wizarding world of the Conclave, the origins of the Arch Bridge and Ool’s Clock, and the mystery of the Great Spell. These are things that make the story epic. That, and the things that said adventure costs.
Without revealing too much about the story, one other aspect worth mentioning is the bad guy of the story. The monster that haunts the adventure is a thing of great power. It’s relentless, nigh invincible, and murderous. Many people are slain in its wake. It’s easy to hate a monster like that. Yet Kemp takes the time to tell parts of the story from the monster’s perspective. The reader is given an idea of why this creature does the things that it does. We find out what drives it, where it came from, and its purpose in the world. It’s a compelling subplot made even richer by the ending and it’s the kind of thing that will leave you pondering the possibilities.
Lavished with great prose and outstanding dialog that drives the story and gives it character, A Conversation in Blood is a top notch story. The players in the tale keep it entertaining and suspenseful as Nix and Egil deal with thieves, wizards and monsters in a quest to starve off boredom. What starts out as a drunken night of barhopping turns into an adventure that will change the world. It’s classic sword and sorcery with its own unique flavor, making it a delectable read. I give it a five out of five and highly recommend it, whether you’re new to the series or not, it’s easy to jump into.
Without spoiling "A Conversation in Blood", it is the tale of Nix, an honorable thief with some facility with magic (having been expelled from the Conclave of Wizards) and his closest friend, Egil, high priest (indeed the only priest) of the Momentary God, a deity that was divine but only for a moment. Dealing with the fallout of their last adventure, and in dire need of another adventure to get back on track, Egil and Nix soon find themselves way over their heads, and trouble nipping at their heels.
Kemp's writing not only brings the characters to life, leaping off the page, but evokes themes and ideas about, e.g, life, the nature of heroism, etc. that remain with the reader long after the book it put down. (Of course, I tend to often pick those same books up and re-read them, but still).
I recommend "A Conversation in Blood" wholeheartedly. Don't wait. Get your copy today.