An epic and wholly original graphic novel adventure of innocence wronged and vengeance taken.

"A sword untried is a sword untested," says one raven to another as they set out to winess the fate of the finest farm in Garmrland and its owner, Barbarian Lord. When he is cheated out of his lands and banished, Barbarian Lord begins a quest for allies and for justice, encountering monsters, ghouls, gods, and mediocre poets along the way.

Combining the rich traditions of Nordic lore and Icelandic sagas with sword-and-sorcery-and slyly understated humor, this graphic novel introduces an original hero with classic flair, brought to life in Matt Smith's beautifully drawn, detailed, and action-filled black-and-white illustrations.

"It's clear the gods of Battle, Poetry, and Cartooning had a hand in bringing us Matt Smith's wondrously entertaining BARBARIAN LORD. Our grim-faced hero wends his way through one fix after another with the kind of precision and aplomb we'd all love to have in the face of monsters, churning seas, verse-spouting villains, and really big idiots with swords."
—Dan Brereton, creator of Nocturnals

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The Barbarian Lord special offer: The first 250 people to send in proof of an order of BARBARIAN LORD hardcover (US edition, published by Clarion Books) will get a free 7”x10” limited edition print of BARBARIAN LORD art created by Matt Smith. Prints are signed and numbered. $9.99 approximate retail value. Offer begins April 1, 2014 and ends August 1, 2014. While supplies last.

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OFFER VALID ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. Promotion begins April 1, 2014 and ends August 1, 2014 or while supplies last, whichever is earlier. Offer only available to residents of the fifty United States and District of Columbia age 18 and older. No refunds, exchanges, or substitutions. Offer limited to one per person or household. You must pre-order a copy of the US edition of Barbarian Lord by Matt Smith (published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers) to take advantage of this offer. Offer void if obtained through nonauthorized channels, including, without limitation, free offer or freebie directories. Original store pre-order receipt or copy of email preorder confirmation must be received electronically by August 1, 2014. Theft, diversion, reproduction, transfer, sale or purchase of proofs-of-purchase or receipts is prohibited and may constitute fraud. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers is not responsible for late, lost or misdirected mail. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers reserves the right to substitute a premium of equal or greater value in the event the BARBARIAN LORD art print is no longer available.