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Epic fantasy featuring warrior priestesses and fickle gods at war, for fans of Brian Staveley's Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne. 

Hessa is an Eangi: a warrior priestess of the Goddess of War, with the power to turn an enemy's bones to dust with a scream. Banished for disobeying her goddess's command to murder a traveller, she prays for forgiveness alone on a mountainside. 

While she is gone, raiders raze her village and obliterate the Eangi priesthood. Grieving and alone, Hessa - the last Eangi - must find the traveller and atone for her weakness and secure her place with her loved ones in the High Halls. As clans from the north and legionnaires from the south tear through her homeland, slaughtering everyone in their path, Hessa strives to win back her goddess' favour. 

Beset by zealot soldiers, deceitful gods, and newly-awakened demons at every turn, Hessa burns her path towards redemption and revenge. But her journey reveals a harrowing truth: the gods are dying and the High Halls of the afterlife are fading. Soon Hessa's trust in her goddess weakens with every unheeded prayer. 

Thrust into a battle between the gods of the Old World and the New, Hessa realizes there is far more on the line than securing a life beyond her own death. Bigger, older powers slumber beneath the surface of her world. And they're about to wake up.

©2021 H. M. Long (P)2021 Recorded Books

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What a great narrator.

Such stellar prose.I know this type story of story has been told many times in fantasy both in books and video games.This is different as many of those have to passages of the heroes in a will they won't they padding.This does not.

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Enjoyable heroine

There is no humor or romance in this sober tale. The premise of layered gods is nothing new but I loved the heroine’s journey to her truth. She was never put herself in “too stupid to live” situations. Narrator did an excellent job.

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Enjoyable read.

Great and interesting and vibrant story. Can't wait to listen again. Great voice acting. Yay.

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  • 01-31-21

An unexpected find

H. M. Long's 'Hall of Smoke' was one of the best standalone fantasy novels I've read in a while. It had all the elements that would make it work. A hero's journey style narrative,, a badass protagonist warrior priestess, an epic yet intimate and character driven plot, a prophecy with a twist, action galore, a meddlesome pantheon of gods and of course, magic. I found the world reminiscent of Keltic, Roman and Norse mythologies. Samara Naeymi's expressive narration held my attention all the way until the wee hours of the morning. I really liked it.