The Barrow

By Mark Smylie

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

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

When a small staff of scoundrels, would-be heroes, deviants, and ruffians find a map that they think will cause them to 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, until eventually they rediscover the map in a most original 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 less than an ignominious cloud; Godewyn Red-Hand, mercenary and troublemaker; Arduin Orwain, scion of a noble kinfolk introduced low by way of scandal; and Arduin's sister Annwyn, the gorgeous reason behind that scandal: jointly they shape a go part of the center Kingdoms of the recognized international, united unintentionally 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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One of many wheels jammed in a torso and unexpectedly it was once overturning and spinning out in their fingers, flaming hay and barrels of oil flying and smashing into the floor, and an exceptional whoosh went up as flames stuffed the alleyway. Erim regarded up from the place she had sprawled after leaping out of how of the wagon, after which towards the roaring flames. The spilled and burning cart had successfully lower the alley in part, throwing up a barrier of fireplace around the slim road among them and the chickening out rabble. Couldn’t have deliberate it higher, she idea to herself, till she glanced to her correct and learned that the guy at the flooring subsequent to her, additionally in retrospect dazedly on the burning cart, was once an armored Templar. They checked out one another in surprise for a second, after which she began stabbing him within the part of the face together with her punch dagger as he screamed. the 1st couple of stabs bought her into his cheek and an eye fixed and a few enamel and tongue, and the guy was once screaming and scrambling attempting to roll and move slowly clear of her, and he or she needed to pin him down till she may possibly get the dagger into his throat. whilst she was once performed killing him she staggered to her ft. a number of of the knights have been completing off a number of different stragglers stuck on their aspect of the hearth, whereas Jonas’ males and a few of the porters and huntsmen have been hauling off in their personal wounded, considered one of their archers with a ruined leg after which one of many younger squires. She winced as they handed; the squire appeared light and wan, blood pouring from a head wound. He’s not likely to make it, she knew at a look. Gilgwyr stood in the midst of the alleyway, bent on the waist together with his fingers on his knees, sucking air into his lungs to capture his breath. He eventually straightened and walked as much as sign up for Stjepan the place he stood obtrusive on the fireplace and the rabble past; Erim joined them a second later, and the 3 of them reflected the fiery scene, out of breath. in the back of them the rear shield was once accumulating in entrance of the gates, mounting their horses or clustering round the final horse-drawn cart, into which they have been loading their wounded compatriots. a number of of the porters have been bearing torches and getting ready to run along the horses and wagon. Cole and Ruvos until popped out the gates, having ultimately deserted their posts contained in the residence, and seemed askance on the carnage within the alleyway sooner than becoming a member of Horne and Little Lucius and Tall Myles beside the wagon. “We are leaving! ” cried out Sir Helgi, and the rearguard lurched into movement. Gilgwyr glanced over his shoulder, after which became again and grinned on the burning wreckage, gasping for breath and guffawing while. “You continue attempting to burn this urban down, Black-Heart. the sort of days, you’ll get it correct! ” he acknowledged, clapping Stjepan at the shoulder. “Fuck, I haven’t had this a lot enjoyable in a long time. i must get out extra! ” He became and commenced up the alley. Erim became and hesitated. Stjepan nonetheless hadn’t moved. “Black-Heart,” she stated. “We need to pass. ” A voice got here calling out to them, then, out of the darkish from past the flaming wreckage.

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