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Monday, August 3, 2015

Book review, Of Ice And Magic by Hugh B Long

Once again Hugh B. Long showcases his expertise in Nordic history and mythology with this engrossing novella.  This was quite the fun read.  The story follows a Nordic blacksmith who forges living swords, fantastic weapons imbued with the soul of a willing sacrifice.  After forging such a blade his customer, an overly ambitious clan chief murders the smith's wife.  The smith then embarks on a quest for vengence.

I don't want to to give away too much in this review as this is Novella is a short read.  The writing in this book is great and focuses primarily on the blacksmith as the main character, but opens from the perspective of the sword itself, which, as stated, is imbued with a willing soul.

Long's writing style lends it self well to a visual realm, and I could see it adapted to a short film or fantasy anthology series without much difficulty.  The story could likewise be fleshed out into a much longer novel, and I applaud Long for keeping this story short and to the point.

Shield Rating 95%.  (Well written/edited and a good length for a novella)

Of Ice and Magic
File Size: 3415 KB
Print Length: 88 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Asgard Studios (July 14, 2015)
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Word Wise: Not Enabled
Lending: Enabled

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