Hammers in the Wind was a pleasant surprise for me. Each time I read fantasy, I can't help but compare the story to the complexity and vividness of Tolkien... Freed did not disappoint. All my favorite elements were there... heroic king, damsel in distress, wizard, mercenary, and of course LOVE! There were well developed story lines and characters to support the action. I especially appreciated how well written the battle scenes were as I felt as if I was actually in the story. Recommend to anyone who enjoys a good period war piece in the age of kings.