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Are you on the phone to our call centre? Your Customer ID is: 3rijph7p. England Wales Scotland Ireland. View all our featured areas. Search History. Loading Content Mr West, August Mr Mattison, June This made for a warm living area and a cool sleeping area which was ideal. It was all very well furnished, spacious, light and airy and very comfortable to come back to after a long day sightseeing. The owners, Sheena and John, are very friendly and welcoming and also live on site which was handy for collecting and delivering keys and they were available if any problems did occur.
Not that we had any, and judging by the comments in the visitors book nor did anyone else. The property is in a very central part of Cornwall which makes for easy visiting of the many pretty coastal areas and sights, and is also close to the Eden Project, Fowey and Polperro. We certainly enjoyed our stay there and would definitely recommend it to family and friends as the perfect place to stay when visiting this lovely area of Cornwall.
Mrs Ford, June Some manage to escape, they head back to the city, and then the story actually gets its start. By the time I actually saw the words Chapter One I was in love, and everything kept moving the right way from there. Did you think my first paragraph of the review was a bit crude? Then turn back now, because it was nursery school talk compared to what you may read in The Barrow. Rough and creative uses of the more colorful aspects of the English language are only the beginning of the hedonism within. Sexual depravity is a major theme, sexual acts are described in heavy detail and are guaranteed to make a reader either blush or just toss the book away in disgust.
But for me it fit the gritty nature of the book perfectly; men and women driven by passion, lusts, and their own agendas. This is a debut that stands out for its complexity and intelligence. I have been known to accuse a book of not knowing what kind of story it wants to tell but this did something different; The Barrow knew damn well what kind of a story it was but refused to tell the reader until the end.
Oh, the basics are easy enough to follow; treasure hunters look for a famed sword in dangerous places. A lot of names drop in this book, and it takes some skill to make them all stand out. Almost no one here fits the standard grimdark archetype, yet we still get the varied cast of dubious ruffians. A young girl presenting as a man; her role in the tale defined by her deeds rather than her gender or any fear of discovery.
There is an evil wizard, or is he? Guess all you want, it will come through at the end. Best of all is that as great as this book started which I will rave about for quite some time , it ended even better. No let down; just escalating action and twists and turns and stuff I want to go back and read all over. Everything I thought I knew was wrong, up to and including the entire purpose of the trip for almost everyone involved. As climaxes go it is one of the best I have read well…, no never mind, not going there.
I love getting everything I hoped for in a new book. View all 13 comments. Well, this isn't too bad. It's going to be sort of a been there, done that got the t-shirt for some of you, it ws for me.
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Of late "gritty" and "dark" fantasy has become all the "rage". So the shelves are now running over with books that have covers in shades of gray, dark brown and ochre red. They often have one or more characters in worn leathers with savage looking swords and maybe some magic user types. This is one of those and like a few other books I've picked up lately when you open the book Well, this isn't too bad.
The book is full of phallic symbols. The characters wear armored codpieces with large "phalluses" phallusi??? Just be ready, Mark Smylie really wants you to get how dark, gritty and perverse the book is. It's odd then that he takes sooooo looonnnggg to move from all this introduction into the actual plot and story. This is another where, by the time we got "on the quest" I was so bored it was hard to care. Look, if you want try this. I see a lot of people like it. For me a fantasy about a quest into a Barrow to search for a long lost magic sword ought to start at a run and never slow down.
This one opens with the "traditional" action scene to draw the reader in and then wanders around trying to get us familiar with the world. So, decide for yourself. I don't think I'll be following the series. View all 9 comments. This books is full of disgusting, perverted, miscreants, who would just as soon cut you as not if you got in their way.
It's full of fighting, fu.. One should be ashamed to enjoy the likes of The Barrow. So I stayed-up to finish it last night. Wish I could go have a beer with Erim and Blackheart to see if they would include me on their next misadventure. Awesome read. Well done Mr.
Oct 29, Patremagne rated it really liked it. Better than I expected and better than the ratings make it seem. There are no warring states, no fight for the throne. There is no greater evil or battle between light and dark. The Barrow, at its heart, is a treasure hunt — an adventure. Stjepan Black-Heart and his crew have found a map that will supposedly lead them to an ancient barrow, where they hope to find an equally ancient sword worth an unimaginable sum of money. Sometimes the story was bogged down by superfluous names.
Everything has a name. The bakery that a character briefly stopped at? Any book the mad magician or Black-Heart consult? That tree over there? It was very helpful in understanding the world and its history. I think the previous wars and other historical events were important for the worldbuilding, but the names of stores the gang pass by are irrelevant and do more harm than help. Many also share my feeling that there was a bit too much irrelevant information to digest, but the majority of said poor ratings were based on the over-the-top sex.
The thing is, most of the violence and sex served a purpose. I didn't enjoy this much. Part of it is my fault. I used to love fantasy, but over the years that seems to have faded away. Not in any condescending "oh I only read REAL literature now" way, but my tastes have definitely changed, and it's been a good long while since I really enjoyed a fantasy novel. I still find myself jonesing for a good one every now and then, but that craving doesn't get satisfied much these days. So take that into account. But I'm not taking all of the blame.
I did have some I didn't enjoy this much. I did have some actual problems with this book. Firstly, I was totally lost in the world, and I don't mean in a good way. Right from the get-go, I felt bombarded with long lists of names, dates, places, events, gods and goddesses, races, gangs, guilds, factions. Smylie presents the reader with a very detailed, fully formed world that has a long and complicated history, but he seems to want to throw it at you all at once. To give a brief example - at one point a group of adventurers enters a new region, and Smylie describes the two major rivers of the region, their prominence compared to other rivers in the country at large, their exact length, their current names and the names past peoples gave them, and several of the settlements located on said two rivers.
At some point, said band of adventurers crossed both rivers I think? And there's never a break or any letup, each new page brings a flood of new information to pile on top of the old. The second problem was that I didn't really like any of the characters. Speaking of which, there is a lot of fucking in this book. I didn't care much about that either way, but it gets a little R Scott Bakkery at times. But hey, if you want a graphic and detailed description of a prostitute getting fucked by an evil priestess with a giant dildo made of unicorn horn this might be the book you've been waiting for.
I enjoyed the first Artesia series, the comic series that this book is a prequel too, and I think in graphic novel form a lot of the flaws I detailed above are lessened, so maybe I'll stick with those. Also, standard disclaimer, I didn't finish this so it's possible it suddenly becomes awesome in the last two fifths. I have a feeling I might have liked this more a few years ago, so if you are big into traditional adventure quest fantasy, you might want to check this out. I was mostly kinda confused and bored with it though.
View all 5 comments. Nov 21, Blodeuedd Finland marked it as dnf. I just can't go on. Why torment myself with a book that I will not like more than ok anyway I read romance but here were more.
Perversions and more erect peens. I guess it was meant to be all dark and gritty and yes it was but all I can think of is that damn, so many erect peens. I want a story. View all 7 comments. Sep 23, Wendy rated it really liked it Shelves: erotica , dark-fantasy , fantasy , mythology-religion , feminist-rage. A treasure hunting expedition goes horribly wrong when Stjepan Black-Heart steals from the Nameless cults. Violence and horror befalls the group in one of the most thrilling prologues I've ever read. The survivors escape with an even bigger prize than they had ever expected: a map to the Barrow, wherein lies a priceless sword.
The journey to the barrow is dangerous and the barrow itself is more so, but Black-Heart and his people are willing—only, the pesky map gets cursed and is lost in the proc A treasure hunting expedition goes horribly wrong when Stjepan Black-Heart steals from the Nameless cults. The journey to the barrow is dangerous and the barrow itself is more so, but Black-Heart and his people are willing—only, the pesky map gets cursed and is lost in the process of trying to decipher it.
But when it reappears in the most unexpected of places, things really start to get dark and crazy as the anti-heroes embark on their deadly adventure. First of all, I love the Black-Heart. Well, I love all the characters, mainly because none of them are particularly likable. Let's just say that I will be inviting none of them over for dinner.
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Anyway, Black-Heart I am fond of because at first, he is introduced as the dark, emotionless badass that rarely cracks a smile, but soon enough, you learn that he is actually the well-educated royal cartographer who is known well by those above and below the law. I love that the story remains entirely centred on Black-Heart and this map, even as more and more fascinating tidbits are revealed about him.
As mentioned, this is an adventure story, complete with a fellowship in search of treasure. But Smylie makes it clear that these people are not in the least bit interested in saving the world or being heroes. They are in this for the treasure and some of them just might stab a man in the back to get it. The Barrow does suffer from an over indulgence of tell, rather than show and often feels like a historical tour of the Known Worlds as Black-Heart and his crew make their way toward their goal. However, being a fan of Artesia, I did enjoy the mentions of deities and magical events that I was already familiar with.
Technically speaking, the long sentences and paragraphs are problematic, as well as the point of view changes that occur within each chapter. I think, with lessons learned from this book and background lore already given, Smylie will be able to tighten up the writing to focus more closely on the plot. As others have already pointed out, this book does contain a lot of sexually explicit content.
As a society, we have a long way to go when it comes to sexual maturity and moving beyond the oppressive Victorian sensibilities that plague us. Anyway, The Barrow does contain a lot of sex, especially within the first hundred plus pages or so, and some of it is quite perverse.
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One might argue that it comes off as mere titillation and I would agree that perhaps it goes on too long—but no more so than the violence or any other aspect of the story that Smylie spells out in detail as he weaves us into his world. Shall we take a walk through one of my favourites, Greco-Roman mythology, and see how often rape sometimes in animal form are attributed to Zeus? And consider, in turn, the debauchery common to the Romans in their time. Now, all that said, I was ultimately disappointed that the female characters were most often and unsurprisingly the victims of these acts and the only woman who comes out of the story reasonably unscathed, sexually, is Erim, who is disguised as a man.
I was quite fond of Erim though.
Another intriguing and completely atypical character in a book that is a dark and unique gem within the fantasy genre. See more reviews at The BiblioSanctum As soon as I saw the cover and read the synopsis, I knew that The Barrow was going to be one of my "must read next! I'd been on a kind of self-imposed fantasy hiatus for a while after finishing "The Wheel of Time" and the newest of the "Song of Ice and Fire" series, along with Joe Abercrombie's books, and was waiting for the right book to pull me back into my favorite genre.
And holy crap! What a good choice this was! As for a proper review The opening narrative is definitely powerful, and certainly sets the tone, if not quite the pace, for the rest of the novel. This is definitely a brutal novel, "gritty fantasy" as a Goodreads friend would say, and you may find yourself checking for bloodstains, mudstains, or other more dubious stains, as the tale unfolds. There is some humor to be found, both dark and witty, but this book mostly plays it straight and simple; hard people living in hard times.
And as for the salaciousness I'm hardly a prudish reader, and yet, like other reviewers, there were definitely some scenes that made me raise an eyebrow. This is a pretty lengthy tale, but fortunately there's a myriad of characters to follow which helps move the story along. Most of the chapters follow a single perspective, switching to another perspective in the next chapter, while some chapters tend to jump to several perspectives without much warning.
It's not enough to be confusing, but it does cause a bit of a break in the spell as you switch gears mentally. While some characters get pretty short shrift I'm talking about you Leigh , others have a great share of the spotlight Stjepan and Erim especially. Which is fortunate, as both of these characters are worth following, and are ultimately both sides of a very interesting coin. Erim is essentially a stand-in for us, the readers, as the world at large is a mystery to her, and she is learning it as she goes.
Stjepan is the seasoned vet, who is basically a walking encyclopedia read: exposition machine who knows virtually everyone and has been virtually everywhere, but it works well with who his character is and what he does for a living. For those of you who like a full and rich world in which to immerse yourselves, this is the book for you. With all of the various cultures, religions, kingdoms, people of interest, and world events that get described quite regularly, this is one gets pretty dense.
It's all really fascinating, and helps to explain why some of the people or places are how they, but be prepared It definitely helps give a "you are there" feel to the book, as everything feels very "lived in". To enhance that "you are there" feel, we do get a lot, and I mean A LOT, of travelling scenes as the characters make their way to the titular Barrow.
There's a lot of ground to cover, figuratively and literally, and so our characters tend to do a lot of making camp, breaking camp, and heading to the next camp. All said, this is epic fantasy at its meanest and horniest. If you like how the "Game of Thrones" series is handled on HBO, you'll probably really dig this book as well. I certainly hope that Mr. Smylie decides to do more novels in this same universe. It wouldn't even need the same characters, though I wouldn't mind another trek with Stjepan and Erim either. May 19, Amanda rated it did not like it. Oh this book. Where to begin?
Well, I tried, I truly did. For a book that would go on endlessly about the most random and irrelevant topics then not even give a background or understanding of the characters. And they could have been an amazing set of characters if we could have been given a chance to know them, to care for them and understand them. Rather than feeling detached and confused.
I can sympathize and adore the most heartless characters but I need the author to let me know who they are Oh this book. I can sympathize and adore the most heartless characters but I need the author to let me know who they are and the frustrating part was I wanted to! But that didn't happen. And then the sexual content, please understand I am perfectly okay with sex in a book, BUT to have a 6 page description of how this guy blackmails other men into giving him fellatio I get it, completely understood after the first paragraph.
Some of the sex in this book was really out there you don't even want to know what happened with the unicorn horn It felt like the author was going for shock value with all the crazy sex scenes but it didn't work it felt contrived. This book had such great potential. I wish it would have went in ANY direction but it was like reading in circles and I couldn't take it any longer. I couldn't finish the book. I think this is the second book in my life I've given up on. Feb 22, Phil rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , fantasy-best-of , fantasy-series-waiting-for-next , fantasy-read-and-reviewed.
This book is a major investment as it will immerse you in an unbelievably huge new world with a massive cast of characters to get to know. The world is expertly detailed and immense. To me, this book strikes of older epic fantasy in that the setting is often more of a focus than the characters. The maps and glossary come in handy because there are so many characters and places that without a reader could become confused quickly. I thought the author did a great job of introducing everything and it was rare I needed to consult either of the former but they are there which is nice and many will rely on them.
This being said, there is no lack of character building and interestingly my favorite character is Erim, who receives the least time but that is probably the reason for my fascination. She seems very complex and mysterious. Another main character who was deeply drawn was Stjepan, although I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to pronounce the name. Fortunately, most of the names and places were easy enough to remember. The plot was multi-layered and complex which, although this was a quest type story, it felt very fresh and it was enjoyable figuring out its complexities.
It caused me to think; a lot, which some readers might find difficult but I found pleasurable.