The last survivors of the raid on the Barrow of Azharad have scattered to the four winds, each walking a separate path. For some, it is the path of noble service, as the households of great kings and warlords beckon, offering a chance to enter the fray of politics with the fate of nations on the line. For others, it is the path of secrets and magic, as the veil of the world parts open to reveal the... [click here for more]
HISTORIAE MUNDI: A HISTORY OF THE KNOWN WORLD is a collection of stories, legends, maps, and illustrations detailing the history of the Known World, the fantasy setting of Mark Smylie's Artesia graphic novels, the novel The Barrow and its (eventual) sequels, and the roleplaying game Artesia: Adventures in the Known World (with any luck to be released in a new edition called... [click here for more]
In ages long past someone built a barrow for a prince, and laid him to rest--or so they thought. The bodies of his wife and a few of his descendants found their way there as well before the barrow fell into disuse and was in time forgotten. And now, perhaps, after centuries have slipped by, the hour may have arrived for the prince to return, and with him relics of great power.
Set in the Known World--setting... [click here for more]
The Calm Before.
Artesia – queen, warlord, and witch – has led her armies from their homes in the mountains down into the Middle Kingdoms to aid their erstwhile neighbors in a war against a common enemy: an ancient Empire returned to enforce its historic claim to the lowlands.
Originally published a decade ago, following up on the last Artesia book, Artesia Afire, and the release... [click here for more]
The Traitor King.
The siege of Abenton begins in earnest as Euwen, King of Angowrie, sends rams against the gates and ladders onto the walls. Artesia leads a nighttime cavalry raid into the besiegers’ camps, which comes as a surprise to King Euwen and his men and prompts a white flag of temporary truce.
But the Traitor King has a surprise in store for her as well… ... [click here for more]
As I Lay Dying.
Stabbed and poisoned, Artesia hovers on death’s door while ghosts and spirits debate when she will die and King Euwen presses his assault on the city of Abenton and the palisades of the Daradjan camp.
Last issue of the ARTESIA series published to date; look for the prequel novel THE BARROW, from the fantasy/science fiction imprint Pyr. ... [click here for more]