The Hammer and the Blade, by Paul S KempSword and Sorcery aficionados rejoice! For lo and behold: Angry Robot is delighted to announce that due to the immense popularity of Paul S. Kemp‘s The Hammer and the Blade – the first in his Tales of Egil and Nix series of sword and sorcery fantasy adventure novels and “about as sword and sorcery as it gets”, according to – we have signed Paul up to write a third book starring our favourite tomb robbers.

Tentatively titled A Conversation in Blood, the book is scheduled for Summer 2014. To sate readers’ appetites for more great sword and sorcery action, the second in the series, A Discourse in Steel, will be published in June of next year.

The man himself, Paul S. Kemp, said the following: “I don’t know about you, but my pink parts are all tingly! Wait, is that too much information? Uh, sorry. So, anyway, continuing my relationship with the metallic overlords? Check. Writing more stories in the sword and sorcery sub-genre I love? Double check. The long and short of it? I’m smiling. Hugely. I’ve had so much fun writing about Egil and Nix, and have had such positive feedback from readers who’ve had a blast, too, that I’m just delighted to have the opportunity to write more of their adventures. Huzzah!”

Angry Robot Editor Lee Harris added: “The Hammer and the Blade has proven to be one of our most popular titles of 2012, so it was an easy decision to ask Paul to write more in that world. Sword and Sorcery is alive and well and living in Paul S Kemp’s brilliant Tales of Egil and Nix series.”

Find out all you could possibly want to know (and more!) about Paul, who also writes for the Star Wars and Forgotten Realms universes, at his website: and follow him on Twitter @PaulSKemp, where you can bombard him with messages of congratulation and adulation… wait for it… now!