• Barrowlands

  • Iconoclasts, Book 0
  • By: Mike Shel
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 1 hr
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (480 ratings)

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Barrowlands

By: Mike Shel
Narrated by: Simon Vance
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Publisher's Summary

No one enters the doom-haunted Barrowlands without royal sanction. 

But Hesk Atterley has. Accompanied by seedy companions and a hunger for riches, what he finds may change his life forever...if it doesn't kill him first.

©2018 Mike Shel (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Short but Interesting

This is a short story of one of Auric Manteo's experiences that occurs before book one, between the death of his group in the Barrowlands and his return to the Syraeic Leage. It's an interesting story and if you want more from the Iconoclast series and have a few bucks to spare, it's worth the listen.

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Didn't like

I didn't really like this book, really annoying Mc, annoying characters. Just downright bad. ..

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Great short story.

There is a prominent one star review, where is the reviewer urges you to ignore the majority of people who like this short story, because we are lying. I don't think this person gets how the review process works... you see, people have different tastes, and although this story might have rubbed you the wrong way, let me tell you about my experience.

From start to finish, the story is well laid out, hits the action points flawlessly, and the main character even learns a lesson. It was an hour well spent, by my perspective. If you enjoy fantasy, and you have an hour to kill, you could do far worse than investing your time and this story. The writer is great, and the narrator is excellent.

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interesting!

I am going to buy book one and give it a try. it has a Skyrim feel to it.

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good

interesting into to the series, good prose, clearly well set up world building that isn't info dumped. definitely going to be picking up book 1
narrator performed excellently, clear enunciation and good pacing

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SHOUTING ON THE INTERNET

NOT TRASH

Thinking the shouting 1 star reviewer might be a bit unhinged. Nothing in this refreshing well written prequel justifies such a reaction. And as usual Simon Vance is pure bliss to the ears. Buying next book in series right now.

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wish there was more!!!

this would be nice to listen to before buying the books. good introduction into the dark and terrible world of mike shel.

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Hold tight my be-loved.......

This is the best prequel I've ever read. Mr. shel has thoroughly hooked me deeeeep.

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Clever hook for a fantastic series

I found this title included on audible. I've been wanting to start a new series, and I've always been a fan of fantasy. However, it's hard to pick a new book without knowing whether you'll enjoy the author's writing style and the narrator's performance. This story is short, but it was more than enough to convince me that I wanted more. I think releasing this short prequel on Audible was a great marketing choice by Shel and his team. I just finished book 2 of Iconoclasts, and I'm excited to start the 3rd and final volume!

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Strongly written. Superbly performed.

Simon Vance is one of my favorite voice actors. This story gave him an opportunity to showcase his skills.

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  • Kaylia
  • 04-01-21

really good short story, but a little disappointed

I enjoy the first two books which were great and would recommend. This book was interesting but a bit of a tease because it is so short. I really hope there's a new one coming soon.

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  • Peter C
  • 02-21-21

A nice bit of background

It will flesh out the main iconoclast story a little. Is it the original beast?

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  • Mr. A. R. Gage
  • 07-18-22

A Great start to a series

looking forward to starting the series! Nice characters decent background tease, promise's to be good.

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  • Chrissie Ann
  • 03-19-22

Definitely more than a novella

So much is such a short time. The characters are immediately rounded and you want to know what will be happening to them. A very good short read and really enjoyed it.

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  • A. Davis
  • 11-06-21

Use this for your next RPG tabletop game

Short story that’s so good it would make a perfect one shot scenario for a tabletop RPG. Simon Vance is as awesome as ever and the world building drips with interest. A must listen.
Now going to see what else the author has to offer.

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  • Alan
  • 08-08-21

Enter At Your Own Peril

A cracking introduction into Mike Shel's Iconoclasts series, to enter the barrowlands is a death sentence with out a Royal decree, Our main protagonist Hesk has just done that and with some unsavoury characters bent on getting rich, when they stumble across a Saruk Agent with his colleagues head in his sack, what can possibly go wrong, haunted barrows, hidden treasures, a multi limbed monster and a talking head, fantastic little short story, I will definitely checking out the series after this little gem of a read, a great narration from Simon Vance, just brilliant, highly recommend....😁

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  • neko_cam
  • 10-16-21

Great teaser for the series

A satisfyingly grim and gritty dungeon crawl. Bloody and brilliant, a great sell for the series proper.