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Chaos has come to the northern kingdom of Delranan. King Badron’s house is invaded; his son murdered and his daughter kidnapped. Badron’s desire for revenge pushes the north into a long anticipated war. Confident of neighboring Rogscroft’s involvement in the attack, Badron orders his feared Wolfsreik, an army without equal, to attack and destroy his enemies.


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Chaos has come to the northern kingdom of Delranan. King Badron’s house is invaded; his son murdered and his daughter kidnapped. Badron’s desire for revenge pushes the north into a long anticipated war. Confident of neighboring Rogscroft’s involvement in the attack, Badron orders his feared Wolfsreik, an army without equal, to attack and destroy his enemies.

30 review for Hammers in the Wind

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    I enjoyed reading this book. Evil has been unleashed. Good may or may not win. The line between right and wrong is not as clear as it once was. I'm looking forward to continuing the adventure in the next book. I enjoyed reading this book. Evil has been unleashed. Good may or may not win. The line between right and wrong is not as clear as it once was. I'm looking forward to continuing the adventure in the next book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    Failed the hundred page test. In fact, I couldn't force myself to read a hundred pages. It just didn't connect. I like epic fantasy, but this seemed too formulaic and familiar. Gave up. Failed the hundred page test. In fact, I couldn't force myself to read a hundred pages. It just didn't connect. I like epic fantasy, but this seemed too formulaic and familiar. Gave up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fire

    I first started to read this to see if it was okay for my son to read. He's an advanced reader, but books for older kids are sometimes a little much for him based on content. I think this one will work well for him and that he will enjoy it. As I read it I found that I was really enjoying it and so I'll probably end up reading the rest of the series as well. The characters all had a lot of depth and I really enjoyed getting to know them throughout the story. I thought the author did a great job b I first started to read this to see if it was okay for my son to read. He's an advanced reader, but books for older kids are sometimes a little much for him based on content. I think this one will work well for him and that he will enjoy it. As I read it I found that I was really enjoying it and so I'll probably end up reading the rest of the series as well. The characters all had a lot of depth and I really enjoyed getting to know them throughout the story. I thought the author did a great job building the characters and making them interesting enough that I found myself invest in the outcome of the characters and not just observing their story like is often the case. I don't want to spoil it, but this book offers a new twist on the traditional kidnapped Princess story that I found intriguing and fun. It was a refreshing new approach that I didn't see coming, and I loved it. With knights, wizards, demons, and various other types of characters this book has a lot of variety while keeping it organized, fun, and easy to follow. I think this book is very well thought out and written. It was a lot of fun to read and I'm glad that I decided to try it out. I'm a fan now and I'll be reading the rest of these. There are a lot of twists and turns along the way and just about every time I thought I knew where the book was going I'd be surprised at the next turn. I'm really glad I read this. 5 Stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    L.T. Kelly

    Freed is without a doubt an amazing story teller. His execution of writing descriptive and full on battle scenes is second to none, the writers ability in that area is unquestionable. He also drags you into the world he has created with ease and panache. I couldn't put it down. Hapily moving on to book two! Freed is without a doubt an amazing story teller. His execution of writing descriptive and full on battle scenes is second to none, the writers ability in that area is unquestionable. He also drags you into the world he has created with ease and panache. I couldn't put it down. Hapily moving on to book two!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Xx. Cross-posted on The Literary Phoenix .xX It makes me sad to think that if this had not been free on Kindle, I would never have read it. Hammers in the Wind is truly woven by an expert storyteller. There were no grammatical or spelling errors throughout, and all the characters were round and interesting. There were a few cases when some of the characters seemed a little similar, but they were so far away from each other, there was no mixing them up. Lets talk about plot. I go crazy for a good Ar Xx. Cross-posted on The Literary Phoenix .xX It makes me sad to think that if this had not been free on Kindle, I would never have read it. Hammers in the Wind is truly woven by an expert storyteller. There were no grammatical or spelling errors throughout, and all the characters were round and interesting. There were a few cases when some of the characters seemed a little similar, but they were so far away from each other, there was no mixing them up. Lets talk about plot. I go crazy for a good Arthurian legend, a la knights and white steeds and princesses that need rescuing. These old plot devices never fail, and never grow tiring for me. Freed uses them. But he doesn't stop there. Not a fan of princess-rescuing? Don't worry... we've got murders and wars and wizards and demons! Anyone who finds a fantasy epic delicious will certainly love this book! And it is so refreshing to read something without teen romance cheesy goop. The only reason, and I do mean only, is a hesitant fear about the complexity of the plot. I'm all for a good George R.R. Martin saga, but every time something on one plot line seems to inch forward, it seems as though there is another twist! And another! The entire novel is a adrenaline fueled chase of treachery and secrets... and at some point, strands are going to fall and become forgotten, or the whole thing is bound to come to a halt. Perhaps I am wrong. I hope so! But I truly loved this novel and would recommend it to those who enjoy tales of the like of Martin, Tolkien, Donaldson, and legends.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amalie Jahn

    Hammers in the Wind was a pleasant surprise for me. Each time I read fantasy, I can't help but compare the story to the complexity and vividness of Tolkien... Freed did not disappoint. All my favorite elements were there... heroic king, damsel in distress, wizard, mercenary, and of course LOVE! There were well developed story lines and characters to support the action. I especially appreciated how well written the battle scenes were as I felt as if I was actually in the story. Recommend to anyon Hammers in the Wind was a pleasant surprise for me. Each time I read fantasy, I can't help but compare the story to the complexity and vividness of Tolkien... Freed did not disappoint. All my favorite elements were there... heroic king, damsel in distress, wizard, mercenary, and of course LOVE! There were well developed story lines and characters to support the action. I especially appreciated how well written the battle scenes were as I felt as if I was actually in the story. Recommend to anyone who enjoys a good period war piece in the age of kings.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carol Bosselman

    Really enjoyed this story, as well as the characters. Really I give it 3.5 stars; it would have been 4 but for the technical errors, which for some reason were not so bad until near the end of the book, where there were all kinds of typos and misspellings. Still, good start to a potentially epic tale and would like to see the next.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    I am really on the fence about this one. I think it is well written, I found the characters interesting and enjoyed the dialogue between them. I just wish there had been a little more magic and action. To be fair it looks like this book has set up book 2 for major action. I hope that is the case

  9. 4 out of 5

    Priscilla Robinson

    Unfinished This was listed as book one but it really was part one. It did have a good storyline but it also had a lot to learn between the different races and histories. It ends at a good point that makes you want to know what is about to happen next.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    I enjoyed the plot and the characterization. Slome of the characters names were pretty similar and kind of hard to follow. It did seem to jump from point to point without a good break. Overall nice fantasy action.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    A good story and a quick read, it could be more complex and substantive. This book felt like a drawn out introduction. I definitely enjoyed it and it made for a nice days reading. I anticipate reading book 2 soon for more of the meat of the story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    pavithra

    The deeper I got into the story, the quicker I started to read becoming completely caught up in the politics and dangers of the author's world. The deeper I got into the story, the quicker I started to read becoming completely caught up in the politics and dangers of the author's world.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Torpin

    Finally....took a while to finish this one. Just could not keep my interest.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Arcoma Gonzalez Lambert

    Excellent story A great book for a rainy day, just kicked back and forgot about life for awhile. Can't wait to read the whole series. Excellent story A great book for a rainy day, just kicked back and forgot about life for awhile. Can't wait to read the whole series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    This book was a fantastic read! I plowed through it without realizing I was about to finish, it ended! What a great story tell Mr Freed is! On to book 2 immediately!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Fredrick Adkins

    Hammers I had hoped this book was a little longer. It stopped where it should have though. Hope to read the nect

  17. 5 out of 5

    Robert Negut

    This may be a rushed review, but there wouldn't have been that much to say either way. Hammers in the Wind is pretty average, or perhaps a better term would be common, in terms of writing and action and has little of note in terms of depth, worldbuilding or characters. For those reasons, coupled with the fact that it's quite short but split in a relatively large number of chapters, which in turn are usually split into sections as well, it reads pretty quickly at least. While I did notice some spe This may be a rushed review, but there wouldn't have been that much to say either way. Hammers in the Wind is pretty average, or perhaps a better term would be common, in terms of writing and action and has little of note in terms of depth, worldbuilding or characters. For those reasons, coupled with the fact that it's quite short but split in a relatively large number of chapters, which in turn are usually split into sections as well, it reads pretty quickly at least. While I did notice some spelling and grammar issues, I wasn't that bothered by them, though of course the fact that the book gave me few reasons to actually care for it may largely explain that. What did bother me, on the other hand, was the fact that events, decisions and revelations tended to just happen, without carrying the weight they should have carried, and plenty of things don't quite seem to follow. That's usually a matter of how it all feels, perhaps in large part due to that lack of impact I mentioned, the issues not being easy to quickly verify, but a few obvious continuity errors that struck me were how Boen was close to 50 in the inn but 60 on the ship, how in the last chapter Maleela was surprised by a certain character's identity despite quite clearly knowing who he was and what he had done both before and immediately after, or even how the next book in the series is titled Wrath of a Mad King at the start of the excerpt but, correctly, Tides of Blood and Steel at the end of it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Liliyana Shadowlyn

    Wow, what an opening! Freed certainly grabs your attention from the outset. There's definitely a unique voice to this story, and I love the descriptions. You can hear, smell, and see everything happening around you as you read. This book has action, suspense and vivid imagery. The characters and world have a great depth to them. The perfect read for fantasy lovers looking for a new adventure! Wow, what an opening! Freed certainly grabs your attention from the outset. There's definitely a unique voice to this story, and I love the descriptions. You can hear, smell, and see everything happening around you as you read. This book has action, suspense and vivid imagery. The characters and world have a great depth to them. The perfect read for fantasy lovers looking for a new adventure!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mary Rowe

    Rollicking Good Adventure, Skullduggery, Treachery, Bold Maidens Epic adventure, classic sword and sorcery, true love, family conflict and dark, evil forces gathering over a land which has forgotten its past and its gods

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gary Mccreadie

    First Feist and feister very similar to fiest novels not a bad thing. Plus it's free and it's defintootly worth that. First Feist and feister very similar to fiest novels not a bad thing. Plus it's free and it's defintootly worth that.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate Johnston

    Needs an editor Editor needed to clear up basic editing mistakes and revisions in plot and basic style, specifically informational dialogue and repetition that comes with this.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carol (Kimiko)

    It was hard to put down

  23. 5 out of 5

    Reviews by Fiza

    I felt the character development was spot on. By this, I mean the characters were believable.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katarina

    Definitely 5 stars, only because I can't give more. Definitely 5 stars, only because I can't give more.

  25. 4 out of 5

    CW

    Just my opinion Let's start with what I didn't like- 1) Thankfully this book was free 2) My biggest pet peeve about this book was how the author kept using full names. It gave me the impression he didn't think his readers were smart enough to remember who the characters were. 3) The author jumped around way to much. In one instance he wrote about a character walking through secret tunnels until a knife was at his throat.... He left us hanging until almost the end of the book, and the explanation sugg Just my opinion Let's start with what I didn't like- 1) Thankfully this book was free 2) My biggest pet peeve about this book was how the author kept using full names. It gave me the impression he didn't think his readers were smart enough to remember who the characters were. 3) The author jumped around way to much. In one instance he wrote about a character walking through secret tunnels until a knife was at his throat.... He left us hanging until almost the end of the book, and the explanation suggests the first part could have and should have been omitted entirely. 4) The author could have roped us in more with more elaborate details of the surroundings. The vagueness in this category left much to desire. 5)Grammatical errors throughout the book, but as you can see were I rated this in the whole picture of things. I myself lack in this department, so if I could spot them it's at least worth mentioning. Now, for what I liked. 1) I did like the plot of the story. It really is the only reason I finished the book. 2) Also, a few of the characters have attracted my attention, and I will finished the series to find out what becomes of them. Thanks CW

  26. 4 out of 5

    yogi

    Good read. Could be a little more exciting. Good characters, but they need more details. The 1st and 2nd book could have been one. Still a good story line. I'll read the 2nd book just to see the end. Good read. Could be a little more exciting. Good characters, but they need more details. The 1st and 2nd book could have been one. Still a good story line. I'll read the 2nd book just to see the end.

  27. 4 out of 5

    T

    All hammered up The story line was good ,character build up as well. Some things were pretty predictable and I thought some of the conflict resolutions were to hurried and easy- but still worth the read

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    I never managed to get into this book... and gave up reading after a couple chapters. To be fair, it took me over a year to officially give up, so maybe it could have gone somewhere if I'd tried a little longer. Sorry book! I never managed to get into this book... and gave up reading after a couple chapters. To be fair, it took me over a year to officially give up, so maybe it could have gone somewhere if I'd tried a little longer. Sorry book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kate Sherwood

    DNF at 6%. Usually I'd give a book more of a try than that, but... too many stock characters, too few reasons to care about any of them. DNF at 6%. Usually I'd give a book more of a try than that, but... too many stock characters, too few reasons to care about any of them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Not bad, but not worth reading a 6 volume series to get the whole story.

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