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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

HAMMER OF THE WITCHES by Kai Wai Cheah

The terror is daimonic. The sorcery is real.

But enough bullets will kill even the most dangerous supernatural operator.

The Hexenhammer underground has aided the operators of the Nemesis Program in their war against the global supernatural terror campaign, but now Hexenhammer is accused of being the terrorist group responsible for carrying out a spectacular massacre in Greece.

Now Luke Landon must decide if Eve and her fellow underground members should be put down or if they have been set up for destruction by a conspiracy so big and powerful that it may have penetrated Nemesis itself.

HAMMER OF THE WITCHES is the second volume of The Covenant Chronicles, the supernatural Mil-SF series by Kai Wai Cheah, Hugo-nominated author of Flashpoint: Titan.

From the reviews of its predecessor, NO GODS, ONLY DAIMONS.
  • This is an excellent fantasy/MilSF book. Fast paced; excellent battle scenes.
  • Cheah does a great job at building this world with lots of details and complexity. It's a good read and one I had a hard time putting down.
  • Fans of books by Larry Correia and Jim Butcher should find themes in this book that they will enjoy. Character development is stronger than Larry's earlier but not as strong as his current work.
  • Call of Duty meets Grimnoir Chronicles. If you like Larry Corriea's Grimnoir series, and the world he has created, you will like the world this book inhabits. 
  • This book came out of nowhere. It's... very different than anything I've read. The author has done some amazing world-building, where magic has been introduced to the ancient world, and changed the course of ancient Persia, Greece and Rome, and the modern world follows from there. 

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25 Comments:

Blogger Resident Moron™ January 30, 2018 5:44 AM  

Bought it yesterday, spent this morning’s commute catching up on the first one, will start this one on my way home.

Enjoyed the first one so expect this to be good. Will review on completion in a couple of days.

More power to Castalia House.

Anonymous CoolHand January 30, 2018 5:46 AM  

Just finished this book a few minutes ago, and it is every bit as good as the first one.

I am very much enjoying Mr Cheah's new world and the beings that inhabit it.

Looking forward to the next one.

Anonymous Steve January 30, 2018 6:00 AM  

NO GODS, ONLY DAIMONS was dynamite with a laser beam, so damn right I'm getting his new book.

Blogger Constantin January 30, 2018 6:16 AM  

That's one fine cover.

Blogger JACIII January 30, 2018 6:37 AM  

The first was almost too good to be true. Was about convinced it was a one hit wonder and there would be no follow ups. Here's hoping for asimov-like proliferation!

Blogger wreckage January 30, 2018 7:09 AM  

The first was freakin' outstanding, can't wait to get back into the world, the characters, and the action!

Anonymous Frederick Davies January 30, 2018 10:08 AM  

Is there any way to get "NO GODS, ONLY DAIMONS" in paperback?

Blogger VD January 30, 2018 10:13 AM  

Is there any way to get "NO GODS, ONLY DAIMONS" in paperback?

Not yet. Eventually.

Blogger Andrew Hill January 30, 2018 10:26 AM  

I reread No Gods, Only Daimons a few weeks ago. It seemed to improve with the second reading. I am looking forward to reading HOTW. I hope Cheah is on the Correia trend line; each book better than the last.

Anonymous Viiidad January 30, 2018 10:50 AM  

Very good. Bought it.

I don't see the cover credit listed in the book - who's the artist?

Blogger Jon D. January 30, 2018 10:51 AM  

Grats Cheah! Looks awesome.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit January 30, 2018 11:16 AM  

Between Indie, Castalia, and Baen I now have more SF to read than I have time to read it in again

Thanks for a great problem to have.

M(SF)GA

Blogger James Dixon January 30, 2018 11:29 AM  

This sounds like a great series. If and when I finally get time to do some real reading again, I'll see if I can give it a try.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab January 30, 2018 11:59 AM  

I got it yesterday. Now I just need time to catch up.

Blogger Dave January 30, 2018 2:50 PM  

CoolHand wrote:Just finished this book a few minutes ago, and it is every bit as good as the first one.

Good to hear. This one looks to be double the size of Book 1, guessing that's​ KU driven.

Anonymous Clark January 30, 2018 3:23 PM  

No Gods is an awesome book. Looking forward to the newest!

Blogger GK Chesterton January 30, 2018 3:37 PM  

"No Gods..." was a very cool idea and I look forward to reading the current installment.

Anonymous Victor F. Michaelson January 30, 2018 4:43 PM  

No Gods is well told with an original plot line and developments that are though out and presented in a believable manner whether they are scientific or spiritual. I’m a huge fan of Kai Wai Cheah (and Benjamin Cheah).

Blogger Michael Maier January 30, 2018 4:44 PM  

Sounds vaguely like something I hoped to write... someday. Which will never come.

As for this (and others) I sure wish Amazon would let you PRINT e-books for a surcharge.

Blogger SirHamster January 30, 2018 4:46 PM  

Excited to see the sequel to No Gods.

But it also reminds me that I am eagerly awaiting the followup to Corrosion. Is that held up by Scalsi's publishing schedule?

Anonymous Einridi January 30, 2018 5:50 PM  

I would just like to say thank you. A couple years ago I had been having a hard time finding books on the kindle that were worth reading.

After discovering your blog and deciding to try out some of the books you were recommending, I have never once been disappointed.

Thank you for publishing and supporting the sort of fiction and fantasy that has been all but impossible to find in recent years.

Blogger VD January 30, 2018 6:33 PM  

Thank you for publishing and supporting the sort of fiction and fantasy that has been all but impossible to find in recent years.

You're quite welcome. Thanks for your support. And spread the word!

Blogger James Dixon January 30, 2018 8:22 PM  

> As for this (and others) I sure wish Amazon would let you PRINT e-books for a surcharge.

I'm pretty sure both Calibre and FBReader allow you to print the pages. As for finishing the book: https://www.hollanders.com/index.php/bookbinding-supplies.html

Anonymous Zane Duke January 30, 2018 8:46 PM  

Castalia House: so many good books, so little time and money...

Arkhaven Comics is presenting the same dilemma...

*sigh* As the economy improves thanks to the God-Emperor, at least I have hope of being able to catch up.

Anonymous CoolHand January 30, 2018 8:50 PM  

Dave wrote:
Good to hear. This one looks to be double the size of Book 1, guessing that's​ KU driven.


I honestly couldn't tell you, I have a very hard time gauging the length of an e-book.

The Kindle reader I use shows something like 8900 "locations" in the book. I don't know what exactly it's counting, but I know it's not pages.

I read the first book all in one go, but it was a long evening and I wasn't working on anything pressing, so I just hung on until it was done.

This one took two evenings, but because of work (et al) I didn't have anything like as much time to spend in one block as I did for the first one.

It wasn't super short, and it wasn't AToB long, seemed just right to tell the story. I didn't feel like it rushed or glossed over things, but I also didn't think it drug anything out any longer than necessary to tell that part of the story. IMO that's about all you can ask of a story, really. I hate useless padding.

Anyway, if you liked the first one, you'll like the second one too. I certainly did.

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