Marcus Annan, a tourneyer famed for his prowess on the battlefield, thought he could keep the secrets of his past buried forever. But when a mysterious crippled monk demands Annan help him find justice for the transgressions of sixteen years ago, Annan is forced to leave the tourneys and join...
Matthias of Claidmore: Ten years ago a brash young penitent wrote his name in blood at the Abbey of St. Dunstan’s—saving the lives of a few at the cost of so very many. Then he disappeared, perhaps forever, despite those who heralded him as a hero.
Bishop Roderic: Ambitious and of noble birth, Roderic of Devonshire found his place ministering to the kings of the world. For long years he slaved to reach that plateau—only to watch the skeletons of his past come clattering out of their closets. And at their head was the man who, a lifetime ago, had cost him everything—the one-time hero Matthias of Claidmore.
Marcus Annan: A tourneyer, mercenary, and professional man of war, Annan was unbeaten and unbroken on the battlefield. But his own secrets from that same Abbey of St. Dunstan’s, had been his unceasing tormentors. And then, there in the blood and sweat of the Third Crusade, the past resurfaced—and he could no longer escape it.
Lady Mairead: When she became the bride of an English lord, young Mairead of Glen Taet stepped into the midst of St. Dunstan’s maelstrom, and she met face to face the enemies that even still haunted Matthias and Marcus Annan. On the road to Jerusalem, she buried her own dark secret—and set her foot upon the path that would lead her in search of the truths that had evaded her all her life.
Gethin the Baptist: Strange monks preaching heresy were not welcome among the Crusading armies, but the man known as the Baptist wasn’t there to proselytize: he was there to foment war on a much more private scale.
Peregrine Marek: Annan's cheeky indentured servant, intent on convincing his master to join the Crusade in search of absolution, so they can all go home and he can marry his beloved Maid Dolly.
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