H. M. Long
Official Website of Canadian Fantasy Author Hannah M. Long, author of
Hall of Smoke,
TEMPLE OF NO GOD
IN THE PRESS
Hall of Smoke is the kind of fantasy I love, filled with both high stakes and tender, nuanced human emotion. Add to that lyrical writing and intriguing world building, and you have a truly special debut. Not to be missed.
Jessica Cluess, author of the Kingdom on Fire series and House of Dragons
Hall of Smoke is ultimately a book about what it means to have your deepest illusions shattered and still scrape together the courage to begin again. A vivid and compelling debut.
Lucy Holland, author of Sistersong
"By turns gripping and poignant, Hall of Smoke is a compelling debut."
Hannah M Long is a Canadian writer who loves history, hiking, and exploring the world. She inhabits a ramshackle cabin in the wilds of Muskoka, Ontario, where she writes books and tames squirrels. However, she can often be spotted snooping about European museums or wandering the Alps with her husband.
Hannah is the author of numerous books, including HALL OF SMOKE and TEMPLE OF NO GOD.
She also writes fantasy set in the 18th century, Edwardian period, and science fiction.
Frequently Asked Questions
How did you become an author?
I ran out of books at my local library when I was about 11, and started writing my own. I finished my first full-length novel at 12/13, and queried my third book at 15. Though I had some interest from agents and got requests, it obviously never went anywhere. I spent my teens pretending not to be a hard-core nerd and didn't start writing again until my early twenties. At 25, I decided to give becoming an author another try, and in the next three years I wrote 5 novels. I pitched a few of them, but Hall of Smoke was the one that landed me my wonderful agent, Naomi Davis, and it quickly sold to Titan Books.
Do you have any hobbies?
My husband is German and has a job where he travels a lot, so I usually go with him. We hike a lot, occasionally up mountains. I love to wander museums and go antiquing, canoeing, and camping. I also enjoy gaming (mainly Skyrim and LoL), and laying in hammocks staring at trees. I have also been known to tame small animals and put hats on them.
How many books have you written?
I've written 11 novels and a handful of short stories.
Who are your favourite authors?
I consistently love anything by Garth Nix, Pierce Brown, Katherine Arden, Madeline Miller, and Adrienne Young.
What are your favourite books?
Sabriel, Garth Nix
Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon
The Bear and the Nightengale, Katherine Arden
Kings of the Wyld, Nicolas Eames
Murderbot Diaries, Martha Wells
Fable, Adrienne Young
The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker
A Natural History of Dragons, Marie Brennan
What is the relationship between Hall of Smoke and Temple of No God?
Both books are stand-alones set within the same world. You do not have to read Hall of Smoke before Temple of No God - thier stories are both contained and wrapped up within themselves. However, the events of Hall of Smoke impact the world in which Temple of No God takes place, so there will be some spoilers for Hall of Smoke if you read Temple of No God first.
Who do you recommend Hall of Smoke to?
Hall of Smoke is an epic fantasy with a Viking flavour, packed with action, meddling gods, and an atmospheric world of pines and mountains and creatures that want to eat you.
Readers, if you’re a fan of Brian Staveley, Robin Hobb, Tasha Suri, and RJ Barker, you will love Hall of Smoke.
Gamers? If you’re into Skyrim, God of War, or Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Hall of Smoke is for you.
Binge-watchers? If Vikings, The Last Kingdom and Netflix’s Barbarians are your thing, Hall of Smoke will be too.
Is Hall of Smoke adult or YA? Is Temple of No God adult or YA?
Both books are written for an adult audience, but a mature YA reader would enjoy them as well.
Can you list some content warnings for Hall of Smoke and Temple of No God?
Both Hall of Smoke and Temple of No God contain violence and gore.