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The last survivors of the raid on the Barrow of Azharad find themselves slipping further and further into webs of danger and intrigue. Erim, carrying a special burden, finds death behind the pleasant facade of the Tournament of Flowers; Godewyn Red-Hand enters into the service of men of power and ill intent; Stjepan Black-Heart walks high trails in the wild hills of the Manon Mole; and Annwyn of the Black Tower receives a visitor who is not what he seems. 

BLACK HEART—the sequel to THE BARROW, itself a prequel to the ARTESIA graphic novels—will be released digitally in three parts, of which this is the second: IN THE COILS OF A HORNED SERPENT.

Includes illustrated chapter breaks. WARNING: Contains graphic violence and sexual situations. 

File Formats available include PDF and ePUB. 

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Madeleine E July 12, 2020 11:52 am UTC
The epub version is epub 3 not the more usual epub 2. Every single word has it's own style which explains the excessive file size (the html encoding is at least 10:1 against the text). I suspect a bad export from whatever the publishing software was as even epub 3 with illustrations should not be this bloated.
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Mark S July 12, 2020 1:46 pm UTC
My apologies, I will reexport with epub 2 settings and repost, should be up later today.
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Madeleine E July 14, 2020 8:24 am UTC
Thanks Mark, much appreciated. The epub 3 file actually worked in iBooks (using my iPad), but I dislike reading in iBooks - I find the user interface very clunky and much prefer reading on my Kobo. Quite apart from that, it's half the weight of my iPad and much more comfortable to hold for a long time.
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Mark S July 14, 2020 2:20 pm UTC
Glad that file is working better for you on the Kobo! I review the ePub file output in iBooks so the ePub 3 version had looked fine from my end.
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Madeleine E July 16, 2020 5:20 pm UTC
It's worth downloading Calibre (it's free - and checking the output in the built-in ebook viewer (I use it to manage my ebook library). When I loaded the ePub 3 version into the viewer, it proved impossible to change the font size - it just blurred together instead. The large margins in the viewer meant the text was squeezed into a small box in the middle of a lot of white space and wasn't comfortable to read. Anyway, the ePub 2 works fine - it flows correctly and resizes to fit the window. (Checking the file using the Calibre editor was what alerted me to the issue of every single word having it's own style.)
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Mark S July 16, 2020 7:07 pm UTC
Ah! Actually that I can explain in that the ePub3 version is indeed a fixed layout version to preserve the font formatting, page breaks, illustrations, etc. So if you prefer to change the font size when reading then yes the ePub2 version will allow resizing (it's a "flowable" file vs a "fixed layout" file).
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Madeleine E July 08, 2020 5:10 pm UTC
There is a major problem with the epub - apart from the excessive file size, it's not flowing correctly - in fact, it looks and feels more like a pdf. I tried running it through an epub to epub conversion and it took 18 hours to complete and the result was unreadable.

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Julien G July 06, 2020 4:34 pm UTC
Big fan of your work here.
Will the complete novel (Parts I-II-III) be available on print on Drivethru or elsewhere sometimes in the future?
Thanks in advance for your answer.
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Mark S July 12, 2020 1:45 pm UTC
There will be a print edition, at minimum a DriveThru POD or possibly a Kickstarter version; I've also had a couple of conversations with possible publishers so a more traditional route might eventually be possible.
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Julien G July 13, 2020 4:59 pm UTC
Great news. Thank you very much for your answer.
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