The Barrow

  • by Mark Smylie
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a small crew of scoundrels, would-be heroes, deviants, and ruffians discover a map that they believe will lead them to a fabled sword buried in the barrow of a long-dead wizard, they think they've struck it rich. But their hopes are dashed when the map turns out to be cursed and then is destroyed in a magical ritual. The loss of the map leaves them dreaming of what might have been, until they rediscover the map in a most unusual and unexpected place.
Stjepan Black-Heart, suspected murderer and renegade royal cartographer; Erim, a young woman masquerading as a man; Gilgwyr, brothel owner extraordinaire; Leigh, an exiled magus under an ignominious cloud; Godewyn Red-Hand, mercenary and troublemaker; Arduin Orwain, scion of a noble family brought low by scandal; and Arduin's sister, Annwyn, the beautiful cause of that scandal: together they form a cross-section of the Middle Kingdoms of the Known World, united by accident and dark design, on a quest that will either get them all in the history books or get them all killed.

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What the Critics Say

"Genuinely inspired, shockingly erotic, and completely fantastic." (John R. Fultz, author of Seven Sorcerers)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

not amazing but worth a listen

not different but entertaining enough I enjoyed it for what it was, decent on the whole and pretty much non stop from start to finish. A good filler if you have nothing else is the best way to describe this book. Not amazing but worth a spare credit
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- Mr

Not to my taste; at all

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

The Narration, the writing, all bad. That is all there is to it.


Has The Barrow put you off other books in this genre?

No, one bad book does not make a bad genre & there is always Joe Abercrombie to fall back on


How did the narrator detract from the book?

His style, his diction, his choice of voices for characters but with all this said the source material did not help


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

anger and disappointment and an urge to 'read' better books


Any additional comments?

I was advised badly, but never again.

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- Washington

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-06-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio