(From the publisher):
Barfleur, 1120. Sabin FitzSimon, bastard son of an earl, has a reputation for wildness and trouble that is only matched by his abilities as a warrior. But when he is caught seducing the King's favorite concubine, not even his fighting skills can save him. Beaten by the King's soldieries and left behind in the Norman port, it seems that his notoriety has finally gotten the better of him. That incident and its tragic consequences have a lasting effect on his life.
When Sabin returns to England, Sir Edmund Strongfist gives him the opportunity to rebuild his career and salvage his reputation. Strongfist is leaving for the Holy Land to offer his sword and services to the King of Jerusalem, and he wants Sabin to join him.
Strongfist's young, beautiful, convent-educated daughter Annais accompanies them. Though Sabin is attracted to the girl's spirit, courage, and enchanting harp-playing, he heeds Strongfist's warning to stay away from her, for he is grateful for the chance Strongfist has given him.
The Holy Land brings its own shares of trials for Sabin. If he succeeds in keeping his distance from Annais, he cannot resist Strongfist's new wife, and the consequences hit hard. The land is in a turmoil of constant warfare. Following the capture of the King, circumstances force Sabin to take command of the fortress of Montabard and marry its recently widowed mistress.
Original title: The Falcons of Montabard
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Medieval
Fiction→ Romance→ Historical→ Medieval