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. All her life, Fatima has sheltered in lavish palaces where danger has never intruded, until now. A precocious child and the unwitting pawn of her family, she soon learns how her marriage may determine her future and the fate of Granada. Her husband Faraj has his own qualms about their union. At a young age, he witnessed the deaths of his parents and discovered how affluence and power offers little protection against indomitable enemies. Guilt and fears plague him. Determined to carve his own destiny, Faraj struggles to regain his lost inheritance and avenge his murdered family. 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. While Fatima and Faraj establish a powerful bond, the atmosphere of deceit creates opportunities for mistrust and tests their love.


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 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 warrior and the man she loves, 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. Time passes and Edric and Avicia are thrown together throughout their lives, though fate, wars, loyalties and responsibilities conspire to keep them apart. Only the final defeat of one noble dynasty over another at the Battle of Hastings can offer them a chance to love again. 


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