A National Book Award nominee!
Returning to the same era of his In a Dark Wood, Cadnum's majestic novel - part mystery, part history - chronicles the pageantry and brutality of the Crusades under King Richard.
Edmund, a young apprentice, is awaiting punishment as a counterfeiter when a knight intervenes on his behalf - and compels Edmund to join Richard Lionheart's forces in the Holy Land. There, amidst the savagery of the 12th-century Crusades, Edmund learns both courage and compassion, and discovers that cruelty is sometimes considered the will of Heaven. Set in medieval England and the war-torn shores of the Middle East, Cadnum's tale weaves together a rich tapestry of storms at sea, the brutality of hand-to-hand combat, and one of the classic horse and lance battles in recorded history - the Battle of Arsuf.
"The message about the romance vs. reality of war proves powerful, and fans of history and adventure alike will devour this well-crafted, dramatic quest." (Publishers Weekly)