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
Long gives us a flawed hero, a woman battling grief, rage and – perhaps most poignant of all – doubt. It is thrilling to stand beside Hessa as she stares into the abyss and begins to reassemble herself there. Long's writing is elegantly understated, filling out Hessa's complex world without ever stranding us – we are with her through every stumble and triumph. 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
Hall of Smoke is a breath of fresh air. The world is unique, the fights are top-notch, and the cast is unforgettable. A dazzling, fast-paced story with clashing civilizations, squabbling gods, and an indomitable heroine caught in the center of it all, Hessa's is a tale that will grab you from the very first line and won't let you go.
Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch's Heart
Hannah M Long is a Canadian writer who loves history, hiking, and exploring the world. She has fulfilled her dream of becoming a reclusive forest fae and 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 German husband.
Hannah is the author of numerous books, including her debut adult fantasy Hall of Smoke, coming January 2021, and a stand-alone sequel in 2022.
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. But I'd apparently never heard of plot before, and 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 10 novels and a handful of short stories.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently working on an adult space opera and an adult romantic fantasy with dark folktale vibes.
Who are your favourite authors?
I consistently love anything by Garth Nix, Pierce Brown, Katherine Arden, Madeline Miller, and Adrienne Young.
Can you name your top 10 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
Soulless, Gail Carriger
Fable, Adrienne Young
The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker
From Blood and Ash, Jennifer L Armentrout
A Natural History of Dragons, Marie Brennan
What was it like to write Hall of Smoke?
Hall of Smoke was drafted in 8 weeks. At the time, I lived in Augsburg, Germany in a little attic apartment with a window looking towards the Alps. My husband worked in another city and I had 14+ hours a day to fill in a foreign country where I barely spoke the language and generally hated to go outside, so I drowned myself in a new world. On the weekends, we'd go hiking in the mountains, and that absolutely fueled Hall of Smoke as I penned it. Overall, it was an easy book to write, and essentially just appeared to me as I typed. The book's complex mythology was a beast to sort out, though.
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?
Hall of Smoke is written for the adult crowd, but young adult readers looking for something more adult will also love Hessa’s story.
Can you list some content warnings for Hall of Smoke?
Hall of Smoke contains violence and gore.