(From the publisher):
The year is 1425. France lies in bloody fragments, torn apart by decades of warfare between Frenchmen, Burgundians, and the hated English. Gilles de Rais is a loyal soldier in the service of the Dauphin, driven by dreams of chivalry and sacred honor. But even Gilles has begun to despair, unable to stomach the ceaseless bloodshed. Merlin's ancient prophecy foretells that a Maid will come who will unite the kingdom and heal the Land, but Gilles cannot bear to wait much longer. When will La Pucelle come?
Miles away, in the farmlands of Lorraine, young Jehannette d'Arc wrestles with her place in the world. Her parents want her to be a dutiful daughter and, someday, a respectable wife and mother, but Jehannette hears Voices urging her on to a greater destiny, as does the wise old hermit, the Merlin of the Oak Wood, who knows, even before Jehannette herself, who she truly is: The Maid. La Pucelle. Daughter-God.
Original title: The Merlin of the Oak Wood
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Historical