By Mark Smylie
Action, horror, politics, and sensuality mix during this DEBUT EPIC delusion novel for lovers 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 team 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 original and unforeseen place.
Stjepan Black-Heart, suspected assassin and renegade royal cartographer; Erim, a tender lady masquerading as a guy; Gilgwyr, brothel proprietor extraordinaire; Leigh, an exiled magus lower than an ignominious cloud; Godewyn Red-Hand, mercenary and troublemaker; Arduin Orwain, scion of a noble family members introduced low via scandal; and Arduin's sister Annwyn, the attractive reason for that scandal: jointly they shape a move element of the center Kingdoms of the recognized global, united accidentally and darkish layout, on a quest that may both get all of them in the heritage books...or get all of them killed.