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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 this planet 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 workforce of scoundrels, would-be heroes, deviants, and ruffians find a map that they think 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 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 through scandal; and Arduin's sister Annwyn, the gorgeous reason behind that scandal: jointly they shape a go portion of the center Kingdoms of the identified global, united accidentally and darkish layout, on a quest that may both get all of them in the background books...or get all of them killed.

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I can’t think he’ll are looking to go back now . . . ” “Your father can be summoned again, he won’t have a decision, and except he’s thoroughly blind he’ll notice that this can be the way forward for his line that’s at stake. keep in mind what note our good friend introduced us final evening; arrest warrants, definite, yet signed and sealed within the identify of the excessive King’s court docket, no longer the excessive King himself,” stated Stjepan in as reassuring a tone as he may muster. “That’s a key element and an immense distinction. In different phrases, it was once another reliable that positioned his identify and seal at the warrant, most likely Lord Chancellor Reiner or his moment, Lord Baldwin of the Keys, if you’re fortunate. They do this usually for minor issues, or while the excessive King wishes a few wiggle room. So someone’s attempting to hold the doorways open right here. If the excessive King’s own seal have been at the arrest warrant, then you’d be fucked, if you’ll pardon my language, my Lord. That’d be an indication they have been keen to take all your kinfolk down. ” Arduin paced from side to side, his gaze sweeping over the job humming the docks and riverboats. “Small issues to be pleased about, is that it? ” he requested bitterly. “Despite the scandal and decline of your loved ones, my Lord, you continue to have strength, and associates, and a commemorated identify, sufficient to offer them pause,” stated Stjepan. “Your father’s consumers these days are the Crown Prince and King Colin of Dainphalia, certain? ” Arduin nodded, and Stjepan grimaced. “Unfortunately they’re a part of the traditionalist wing of the Aurian the Aristocracy, so likelihood is your sister’s destiny is maybe sealed. His sons can stick with it the relations line, yet irrespective of how a lot he may love her, a scandal-ridden daughter is, at this aspect, a legal responsibility, and she’ll be sacrificed to avoid wasting the remainder of you. ” “My father could by no means permit my sister to return to harm,” acknowledged Arduin vehemently, yet he didn't think the phrases while he spoke them. “The simply factor which can shop your sister now's for the appeal to be lifted from her sooner than she is within the arms of the Inquisition,” stated Stjepan. “If they've got her in custody, and that map remains to be showing upon her, it is going to be all of the evidence they want that she is a witch and consorts with the satan. The monks of the town temples hate witches and whatever that smacks of the previous faith, and she’ll be extra vital to them than you are going to, inspite of Urgoar lifeless. Rodrick Urgoar himself were best the search to discover anyone to aim for witchcraft; there haven’t been any trials or burnings because 1462, while the excessive King felt the Templars had overreached and have been threatening to destabilize the final peace. ” “The court docket didn’t care while it used to be witch burnings within the Danias, but if they begun in on Atallica, oh, they didn’t very like that, while it was once Aurian nobles beginning to complain,” stated Cynyr with a grimace. “And the Earl of An-Athair used to be on the subject of battle, then,” stated Coogan. “That would’ve made the struggle opposed to the Earl of Blackstone seem like a simple task. ” “Aye, yet stories are brief whilst hate and faith are concerned,” acknowledged Stjepan.

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