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Hall of Smoke
"By turns gripping and poignant, Hall of Smoke is a compelling debut."
-Goodread's 45 Most Anticipated SFF of 2021
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Epic adult fantasy featuring warrior priestesses and fickle gods at war
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 legionaries 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.
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REVIEWS & 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. I can't wait to see what Long comes up with next."
Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch's Heart
"Hessa is a brilliantly written heroine, and I could easily have spent another 400 pages with her. The book's world-building is intricate and refreshingly original, and it all ramps up to a finale that is the dictionary definition of epic."
Allison Epstein, author of A Tip for the Hangman
"The story world was rich and real, and I have rarely read a fantasy novel that transported me like HALL OF SMOKE did. If you are a fan of myths and legends where gods and goddesses roam the earth and meddle with the poor mortals that serve them, you are in for an absolute treat with this book."
M. J. Kuhn, author of Among Thieves
‘Long refuses to play it safe and, in the process, brings something new to the epic fantasy genre’ - Beauty in Ruins
‘Fantasy fans won’t want to skip H.M. Long’s epic Viking-inspired debut, which is packed with action and stars an unforgettable protagonist’ - Bookbub Best of 2021
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Temple of No God
A stand-alone sequel set in the same world as Hall of Smoke, TEMPLE OF NO GOD is coming January 18th, 2022 from Titan Books.
After a brutal war between the gods, Hessa—High Priestess of the Eangen—has brokered a fragile peace. Through great sacrifice, she has forged an alliance between warring tribes and introduced her people to the true god.
But a new threat is growing across the southern border.
In the remnants of the once-great Arpa Empire, three factions are vying for the imperial throne, and the vast well of raw magical power only accessible to the Arpa Emperor. Already beating back former Arpa legionaries at her borders, Hessa knows she cannot let this chance slip by. She must intervene, for the safety of her people.
With the peace she has sacrificed so much for at stake, Hessa must venture into the heart of enemy territory, where warring Arpa factions are not the only danger she must face. A sinister new cult is on the rise, one with the power to suck the life from everything it touches. With enemies on every side and her fragile alliance beginning to waver, Hessa must decide who to trust—no matter what it may cost her…
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
"Oh, honey, I'm sure it's wonderful!" - Mom
"You wrote a book? That's nice." - The lady at the post office
"****! I love Hessa so much!" - An early reader
"ASJASHKFJFHKJFHSKJHF" - Another early reader
"You'd better not kill off the dog." - Everyone
More info to come.