In thirteenth-century Moorish Spain, the realm of Granada is in crisis. The union of Fatima, granddaughter of the Sultan of Granada, with the Sultan’s nephew Faraj has fractured the nation. A bitter civil war escalates and endangers both Fatima and Faraj’s lives. Throughout the rugged frontiers of southern Spain, the burgeoning Christian kingdoms in the north and the desert states of North Africa, Fatima and Faraj survive ruthless murderers and intrigues. They unite against common enemies bent on destroying the last Moorish dynasty.
In 11th century Flanders, Avicia, an orphaned Norman noblewoman endures a public whipping, meted out as punishment for a careless but costly mistake. Edric of Newington, a Saxon noble witnesses the ordeal but is powerless to prevent it. Despite their whispered promises, Edric is honor-bound to marry another and suffer a loveless union. Believing she will never see him again, Avicia seeks comfort in another’s arms and enters the treacherous court of Duke William of Normandy. Only the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings can offer Avicia and Edric a chance to love again.
Cover designs by Lance Ganey