The Barrow

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.

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On the first volley of arrows that had scattered Guilford’s males, he instantly began to roll the map again up. Harvald crouched subsequent to him, placing the heatless torch down onto a seam within the nice idol’s head and preserving the ready scroll tube for him, and jointly they rigorously slipped the map into the tube. the instant they have been comprehensive Stjepan grew to become and glanced over the chamber less than them as Harvald dropped the scroll tube into one in every of his satchels. Black shapes swarmed in the course of the room. Too lots of them, he idea unfortunately. It appeared like Llew and Porter have been down already, and as he watched a gaunt, bare horn-masked guy lined in blue-ink tattoos ran a barbed spear via outdated Jon Pastle. He may well see Guilford laying approximately him with heavy blows of his broadsword, whereas Erim moved easily, definitely, even gracefully throughout the conflict. yet we would nonetheless have an opportunity, he concept, and he crouched, getting ready to begin clambering backpedal the idol. He felt a hand on his shoulder and regarded at the back of him. Harvald shook his head and nodded up on the ceiling. “There’s regularly in a different way out,” Harvald acknowledged quietly. Stjepan seemed previous him, and used to be shocked to determine the description of a trapdoor within the ceiling, now illuminated by means of the heatless torchlight. He didn’t do not forget that at the maps. Erim was once nearly in a trance. The struggling with at the temple flooring used to be chaotic, brutal, a true every-man-(and-woman)-for-himself melee. Which appropriate her simply tremendous. She figured she used to be larger at struggling with this fashion besides, the place she didn’t need to fear approximately someone else, approximately protecting the road, concerning the guard wall or the pike hedgehog or the opposite issues that squaddies informed to formations needed to take into consideration. She might simply move. So she did. She essentially danced, and all over the place she danced a guy with a horn-mask died. someplace she may possibly listen a woman’s voice chanting, making a song, and he or she questioned if she used to be imagining it, or if a few darkish fae spirit used to be enjoying an accompaniment as she labored. She danced over the physique of Colin of Loria, his grotesque blond-haired head break up open by way of a pointy blow, his brains leaking out less than her boots, and the horn-masked swordsman who had killed him gurgled a scream and dropped to the floor, blood spurting from his lacking sword hand and a perforated lung. She danced in subsequent to the Stick, beset by way of horn-masked warriors, and stabbed one horn-mask up during the throat into his brainpan, after which with the withdrawal she minimize the opposite horn-mask’s bloated abdominal open, splashing his guts everywhere in the flooring. She danced back-to-back with hole enamel Tims, joyful he was once nonetheless alive, and placed one rapier aspect via a horn-masked spearman’s eye while she drove her element dagger into another’s groin. The horn-mask screamed at her for his ruined manhood, and she or he kicked him complete within the face, sending him flying again in the course of the air. our bodies have been shedding left and correct, and Guilford may well listen that negative chanting, yet he may also pay attention a voice at the back of his head: you’re going to make it.

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