The Barrow

By Mark Smylie

Action, horror, politics, and sensuality mix during this DEBUT EPIC fable novel for enthusiasts of George R. R. Martin and Michael J. Sullivan, set on the planet of the Eisner Award-nominated Artesia comedian books.

To locate the Sword, unearth the Barrow. To unearth the Barrow, stick with the Map.   

When a small staff of scoundrels, would-be heroes, deviants, and ruffians find a map that they suspect will make them a fabled sword buried within the barrow of a long-dead wizard, they suspect they have struck it wealthy. yet their hopes are dashed whilst the map seems to be cursed after which is destroyed in a mystical ritual. The lack of the map leaves them dreaming of what could have been, till they rediscover the map in a most unique and unforeseen place.

Stjepan Black-Heart, suspected assassin and renegade royal cartographer; Erim, a tender girl masquerading as a guy; Gilgwyr, brothel proprietor extraordinaire; Leigh, an exiled magus below an ignominious cloud; Godewyn Red-Hand, mercenary and troublemaker; Arduin Orwain, scion of a noble kin introduced low via scandal; and Arduin's sister Annwyn, the attractive explanation for that scandal: jointly they shape a pass portion of the center Kingdoms of the recognized global, united by chance and darkish layout, on a quest that might both get all of them in the historical past books...or get all of them killed.

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His leather-based satchel, with its useful shipment, used to be slung over one shoulder, and a dagger and coin handbag have been discreetly slung subsequent to his left hip. To someone glancing his method he could have looked to be kind of what he used to be: a clerk from the excessive King’s court docket, might be from a moneyed kinfolk, on his means on a few errand into the oldest and maximum college within the center Kingdoms. other than, in fact, that his enterprise had completely not anything to do with the courtroom. The college sat on an increase in the course of its personal sector of the town, north of the discussion board and west of the excessive King’s corridor and excessive area.

You’ll need to do whatever to make an exceptional marriage attainable. and that i suggest you. Your father thinks that he can redeem the dignity of the Orwain identify, yet he can’t. It’s obtained to be you. ” “But how? ” Arduin blurted, then instantly regretted. “Father . . . i need to admit Father has additionally recommended me to come back to the Tournaments this summer season, and goal for the Champion’s crown back, and i've concept tough upon it. ” “It will be solid to work out you again within the lists, I admit; we jousted many years in the past, didn’t we? ” the Duke requested.

Ahead of I killed him. “Before, yes,” the Duke stated, coming to a cease in the course of the decrease Courtyards and turning to stand Arduin, gazing him together with his one stable eye. “That won’t do. That won’t do in any respect. nobody blames you for what occurred; good, i assume a few do, yet we know injuries ensue. yet returning to the jousts, seeing you're taking to the lists back? No, a decade could have handed, and by chance to your sister the main conspicuously scandalous lady within the Kingdoms has remained Uthella of Uthmark, yet that would simply set off loads of disagreeable thoughts, and provides humans an opportunity to retell previous tales.

My cousin Owen and the Erid King are making plans a summer time crusade, they usually suggest to have Porloss’ head on a platter earlier than the tip of it,” the Duke stated ultimately. “This time I’ll be becoming a member of them, and so will King Gavant of Huelt. we're to elevate a strength of 3 thousand knights and 7 thousand footmen, the biggest military we’ve accrued in the course of Awain’s reign as excessive King, and we’re headed correct into the Manon Mole. We’re not only going after Porloss, yet in the end these hardscrabble hill knights that experience known as that position domestic because the sunrise of time.

Although Petterwin Grim and the fats Prince can have their very own lookouts right here someplace. ” He squinted down the road. “And I’m going to wager the drunks in entrance of the Spiked Maul are Lord Hugh’s men,” he stated. “They’re a bit too polished for this hour of the morning; the Inquisition by no means will get that correct. ” “Ah, the outdated huge over there,” acknowledged Erim, indicating together with her chin a muttering previous lady in drabs pushing a cart into the industry plaza. “That’s the fats Prince’s leader lookout close to this gate.

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