By Mark Smylie
Action, horror, politics, and sensuality mix during this DEBUT EPIC myth 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, persist with the Map.
When a small workforce 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 believe they have struck it wealthy. yet their hopes are dashed while 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 relations introduced low via scandal; and Arduin's sister Annwyn, the attractive reason for that scandal: jointly they shape a go part of the center Kingdoms of the recognized international, united accidentally 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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How do you are saying? . . . a miracle employee? So i'm yours to command. ” “The security of the entertainers of the Sleight of Hand is usually paramount in my concerns,” Gilgwyr acknowledged, his hand going to the small of Ariadesma’s again. “She used to be by no means in any actual hazard. Ariadesma brings along with her many secrets and techniques from Palatia and Lagapoli, and is raring to illustrate them to us all. we now have nice plans for her. ” He smiled. certainly, by no means one to allow whatever just like the dying of a detailed buddy intrude with a little strength enterprise, Gilgwyr had met with a number of masked participants of the Inquisition the day earlier than at a secure condo, and the assembly had long gone wonderfully. although they’d worn mask, he’d been capable of determine them conveniently. Heoras Clogoar, the executive Inquisitor, had the subconscious behavior of snorting behind his throat every so often whereas he breathed; Oswin Urgoar, the excessive Priest of the Inquisition and one of many patriarchs of the priestly Urgoar kinfolk, had damaged a finger whilst he was once younger and it had now not set adequately, and he had missed to hide the crooked digit; and the Templar Captain Sir Conrad Colewed wore a masks that didn't disguise his complete face, and so his ridiculous blond moustache used to be simply detectable. by no means ship a boy to do a man’s activity, he’d inspiration, shaking his head. yet no ask yourself younger Alain is so wanting to please them. It’s the Inquisition’s bloody royalty. “. . . i feel i've got the precise younger lady in your needs,” Gilgwyr had stated as soon as they’d gotten prior the preliminary negotiations. “A attractive face and physique, petite yet very shapely, very sleek. A dancer from Palatia, with the entire abilities that includes. I belief the truth that she is a foreigner won't turn out an excessive amount of of an issue? ” The Inquisitors had all glanced at one another at the back of their mask. “No, that are supposed to be positive. Being international should be a plus, because it spares an exceptional Aurian lady from the ordeal,” had acknowledged the executive Inquisitor. “Indeed our customer has a selected dislike of the Palatians, and so i believe it really works on many degrees. ” “And all the documents would appear to teach that blessed Herrata was once in truth black of hair, so she may be thought of a bit of actual in duplicating Herrata’s appearance,” had stated their excessive Priest. “But what of Herrata’s rapture? ” had acknowledged the Templar Captain. “Will she demonstrate the correct ardour? it'd be so much unlucky if her reaction to the act being played upon her was once now not sufficiently . . . ardent. ” “This specific younger girl isn't just a consummate performer yet she additionally has an insatiable hearth inside of her. And there are methods to . . . increase her event. go away that to Sequintus,” Gilgwyr had acknowledged, indicating the elderly enchanter of his apartment who sat within the chair subsequent to him. The enchanter had perked up, as if spotting his cue. “Ah. convinced, our potents,” he’d acknowledged. “Our residence has loads of adventure with medicinal and magical aids. the girl that Gilgwyr has chosen will take part such a lot vigorously, I guarantee you, and revel in herself immensely with out limits.