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 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, until eventually 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 less than an ignominious cloud; Godewyn Red-Hand, mercenary and troublemaker; Arduin Orwain, scion of a noble kin introduced low through scandal; and Arduin's sister Annwyn, the attractive reason for that scandal: jointly they shape a pass portion of the center Kingdoms of the recognized international, united by chance and darkish layout, on a quest that might both get all of them in the heritage books...or get all of them killed.

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All at once, there has been a pointy steel clang. status with shock, Godewyn rose and got here contrary of Arduin as he additionally walked over to appear down into the outlet. Stjepan and Caider Ross have been part bent, watching one another; Caider moved his shovel and it clanged back. Stjepan confirmed an identical spot, with an analogous sound. “Metal for sure,” whispered Caider, and he dropped right down to his knees and cleared just a little airborne dirt and dust along with his fingers. Black, rusted iron appeared up at them. Too Tall led them again into the interior barrow’s first antechamber, and paused beside the southerly go out whereas the remainder of the gang filed in after him.

We march to battle within the west and the Wastes, the place the final of you fell to the hated Enemy. provide us a few of your power! Watch over us, and consultant our swords! ” eventually he knelt and set a candle on the principal altar, and lit it. “Islik, Divine King of Earth and Heaven, a vassal of your nice vassal beseeches your relief. Set me as a King among Kings! deliver me Victory! Set my sister as a Queen among Queens! store her from Darkness! exhibit our Enemies to us, and allow them to perish within the mild of your divine power!

FORTIAS THE BRAVE—Aurian hero-knight of the center Kingdoms, who slew Githwaine with the sword Gladringer to finish the wintry weather Century and who later outfitted the nice Wall that stands among the center Kingdoms and misplaced Uthedmael. His descendants are the excessive Kings of the center Kingdoms. 4 KINGS IN EXILE, the—during the battle in Heaven, 4 kings banished and in exile—Islik, Agall, Coromat, and Jala—joined jointly for adventures. They fought many battles, resisted the enticements of the Daradj Queen, have been pursued via Ceram around the Midlands, and broke up their fellowship within the a long way West after the loss of life of Agall by the hands of a treacherous enemy known as the Blooded (see Isliklidae).

Annwyn slowly decreased herself again onto them, writhing now with a glance of rapture as she whispered the phrases of the ritual. The physique of Azharad walked up out of the pit, relocating slowly, as if unused to what handed for flesh and muscle upon its bones. The wind moved concerning the room with a low roar now, as if 100 voices have been whispering loudly by surprise. The darkish, unfathomable spirit form started to reduce itself down from the recesses of the corbelled ceiling, wispy smoke drifting with function during the air towards the physique in movement.

Some of the different males within the room began to grumble at that, without warning understanding that he used to be, in truth, insulting them. “No, I wouldn’t think you'd be, Gelber Woat,” acknowledged Stjepan with a respectful nod to the elder Woat. “But Moran Gower’s bought a greater group than this, as does Dürace Lambadras, as does Gause Three-Penny. No offense, gentlemen,” he extra to demanding appears and too-casual shrugs from the opposite males within the room, who doubtless didn't delight in the final flow of the dialog. “Aye, yet Moran’s been run out of the Barrens into the Uthed Wold to conceal along with his brother Sayle.

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