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By Mark Smylie

Action, horror, politics, and sensuality mix during this DEBUT EPIC myth novel for enthusiasts of George R. R. Martin and Michael J. Sullivan, set on this planet 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 group 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 while the map seems to be cursed after which is destroyed in a paranormal 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 girl 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 kin introduced low via scandal; and Arduin's sister Annwyn, the gorgeous reason behind that scandal: jointly they shape a move part of the center Kingdoms of the identified international, 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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His sister, Artesia. He walked slowly towards the pyre, coming to face in the back of his sister and the boys restraining her. He may perhaps listen his sister whispering to herself: “That won’t be me. That won’t be me. That won’t be me. ” His mom seemed down at him and smiled, as she consistently did in his goals. Smoke and flames have been emerging up round her. Her epidermis was once blackening from the warmth, yet she appeared serene. “Stjepan. Blood brother,” acknowledged a well-known voice at the back of him. Stjepan grew to become, and observed Harvald status in the back of him, smiling apologetically. at the back of Harvald having a look towards him have been Gilgwyr, Jonas the gray, Coogan, Cynyr, and Duram, wearing their street-worn finery, swords and daggers in braces at their hips. They nodded to him in flip. past them, he may perhaps see a bunch of guys with their backs to him: Austin, Fionne the palms, Timm Bellane, Myles the more youthful, and Darant. So Austin is lifeless, then, he idea unfortunately. “I’m so sorry, Black-Heart,” stated Harvald softly. “The course of the useless demands us all finally. ” Stjepan checked out him for a second. “Yeah. i guess it does,” he spoke back. He grew to become again to stare because the flames ate up his mom. From the window Erim may well see smoke emerging within the distance over the southern and japanese skyline of Therapoli, extra smoke than was once ordinary from the chimneys of its many fireplaces, kilns, and ovens. Bells have been ringing in numerous components of the town. She guessed that there has been a fireplace down within the Public zone. The scene round the Public Temple were a coarse one, and it seemed as if many of the Marked or maybe anyone from one of many independents may need used the chaos and confusion as an excuse to do a bit harm. Riots and near-riots have been frightening issues, in her adventure, as they'd a lifetime of their very own; somebody may possibly begin one for his or her personal reasons, yet there has been not anything like operating down a as soon as typical road with screams and the odor of smoke and panic within the air to expand pleasure into insanity, after which who knew what may well occur. The bells of the general public Temple were ringing an alarm ever because the excessive Priest had long gone down, and they’d visible horsemen from town Watch marshaling at the streets as they’d carried Stjepan’s subconscious physique out of the zone. The smoke to the east she’d bet used to be someplace within the excessive area; now not a conflagration but, most likely bonfires at the cobblestones, and certain open air the town residence of Araswell, the place she was once sure the Lord and girl had retreated from the funeral, and the place Gilgwyr, Jonas, Coogan, and Cynyr had all headed after depositing Stjepan competently in his rented rooms within the small attic lofts above the print retailers of Grim & Sayles, a couple of blocks up from the discussion board the place Tinker highway met Aqueduct means. the bleak in Grim & Sayles was once in reality Petterwin Grim, Marked guy of the Guild; she was once beautiful convinced he couldn’t learn, yet he were persuaded through Stjepan and Harvald to again the acquisition of a printing press to be run by means of the bookbinder Garrett Sayles, and so far as she may possibly inform he had no cause to whinge to this point, because the press used to be minting new books and broadsides and pamphlets nearly in any respect hours, bringing letters to the commoners of the town.

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