By Mark Smylie
Action, horror, politics, and sensuality mix during this DEBUT EPIC fable 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, keep on with the Map.
When a small staff of scoundrels, would-be heroes, deviants, and ruffians find a map that they suspect 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 paranormal 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 kinfolk introduced low via scandal; and Arduin's sister Annwyn, the gorgeous reason behind that scandal: jointly they shape a move element of the center Kingdoms of the recognized international, united unintentionally and darkish layout, on a quest that would both get all of them in the heritage books...or get all of them killed.
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Your ears and noses can be jam-packed with the shit immediately from my bowels. Your fields and pastures will lie fallow and in wreck. Your mouths and throats might be jam-packed with the jism of my loins, your chests and hearts with straw and needles, your stomachs with glass, your blood with urine and hearth, your fingers and ft and your whole participants sawed out of your our bodies. you can be cursed entering into and going out. you may be cursed on your urban, on your cities, on your streets and your squares. you can be cursed while snoozing, the place you'll fall into nightmares from the Six Hells, and while wide awake, in case you will see plague and ashes, boils and festers, fall upon your homes.
That’s one of many Danians we employed on on the hotel, yeah? ” requested Sir Colin, squinting up the hill. “Looks like it,” acknowledged Wilhem with a shrug. The far-off determine observed them taking a look, waved, and circled and went again into the earth of the hillside. Malia poked her head out of the tent. “What used to be that? ” she requested. Sir Colin appeared again at her over his shoulder. “No idea,” he stated with a shrug. Muffled coughing and hacking echoed in the course of the chamber because the airborne dirt and dust started to transparent. every body used to be gazing the unsealed doorway, both waving their arms on the air to transparent the airborne dirt and dust, overlaying their mouths and noses with no matter what they can, or pointing guns nervously on the yawning black arch.
The place are Frallas and Silbeta? ” she notion to invite. “Are they nonetheless with us? ” “Yes, my girl, they're with their husbands,” acknowledged Malia. “Do you need me to summon them? ” “No,” she stated. “Let them locate a few peace for a time. ” Frallas had lately married Sir Clodin, and Silbeta have been married to Sir Theodras for just a yr. Helga and Elisa have been married to knights within the direct carrier of her father; they’d been married for a few years and now had their very own youngsters to take care of. Annwyn and Malia sat there quietly for a time, and Malia reached out and took her mistresses’ hand in hers.
Harvald crouched subsequent to him, placing the heatless torch down onto a seam within the nice idol’s head and protecting the ready scroll tube for him, and jointly they conscientiously slipped the map into the tube. the instant they have been comprehensive Stjepan became and glanced over the chamber less than them as Harvald dropped the scroll tube into one in all his satchels. Black shapes swarmed in the course of the room. Too a lot of them, he suggestion unfortunately. It gave the look of Llew and Porter have been down already, and as he watched a gaunt, bare horn-masked guy coated in blue-ink tattoos ran a barbed spear via previous Jon Pastle.
It’ll be more secure and more straightforward for us. That’s no longer a direction that might be open to so much Azharites or anonymous Cultists. yet it’s open for us. ” “A small reduction, then,” Arduin grimaced. He seemed out on the urban partitions. If in simple terms shall we make a stand someplace; right here, or at Araswell, with excessive partitions to protect us . . . yet a stand opposed to whom, and to what finish? The Grand Duke? The Inquisition? The excessive King himself? He had noticeable the Grand Duke’s businesses at paintings whilst he rode with them as soon as; they have been effective in conflict and ruthless in sieges, and unafraid of killing the excessive King’s personal matters in his identify.