By Stephen R. Lawhead
“LAWHEAD is aware how you can SPIN A TALE.”
In a time of legends and heroes, blood and secret, one guy will stick with it his family’s future as he units upon a perilous and excellent quest.
The nice campaign is lengthy over, or so Duncan, son of Murdo, believes till a long-lost uncle looks from the East bearing stories of great treasure. although the Iron Lance have been received for the emperor, a good holier relic has been came upon: the Black Rood—the prayer-worn, blood-stained remnant of the real Cross—now endangered through the grasping objectives of ruthless crusader barons bent on carving kingdoms from the wilderness sands of the center East.
When Duncan’s lifestyles is shattered through tragedy, he units sail on his personal pilgrimage to Jerusalem, following within the footsteps of his father. however the gates to the Holy Land are guarded via the warrior monks referred to as the Knights Templar. those fearsome guardians carry the main to greater than simply Duncan’s fate—the very future of the West is of their arms.
“HISTORICAL info convey THE atmosphere TO powerful LIFE.”
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Yet Bohemond suspected Godfrey could try out a few fool trick, and secretly prepared to stick to the relic. whilst Godfrey’s knights left Jerusalem, the count number of Antioch bought be aware of it and gave chase. ” Prince Bohemond of Taranto knew concerning the lance, too, after all. It was once Bohemond who had taken King Magnus into his provider to supply warriors for the prince’s depleted military. due to this friendship, King Magnus had prospered enormously. It was once from Magnus that we had our lands in Caithness. Torf was once no longer blind to this. He stated, “Godfrey and Baldwin had no love for Bohemond, nor for his vassal Magnus. Still,” he regarded round on the well-ordered, expansive corridor, “I can see the king has been solid to you. a guy needs to make what neighbors he can, good day? ” “I feel. ” “You think! ” He laughed at me. “I communicate the reality, and also you understand it. during this international, a guy needs to get no matter what he can from the possibilities he’s given. you are making your offers and desire for the simplest. If I were in Murdo’s position, i would have performed a similar. I undergo your father no sick within the topic. ” “I am yes he'll jump with pleasure to listen to it,” I muttered. That used to be the inaccurate factor to claim, for he swore an oath and advised me he was once unwell of me. I left him in a nasty mood, and went to mattress that evening pondering no matter if i might ever listen what he knew in regards to the Iron Lance. TORF-EINAR HAD certainly come domestic to die. It quickly turned obvious that no matter what healthiness used to be left to him, he had spent it at the trip. regardless of our care of him, he didn't increase. on a daily basis observed a diminution of his rapidly eroding energy. I fed him the following evening in silence. as a result of my discourtesy of the former night, he refused to talk to me and that i feared he could die prior to i discovered out any longer approximately what he knew of the Iron Lance. I spoke to my father approximately this, yet Murdo remained bored stiff. He suggested me to go away it's. “It is simply stories,” he remarked sourly. “No doubt he is familiar with an exceptional many such traveler’s stories. ” whilst I insisted that there has to be extra to it than that, he grew indignant and snapped, “It is all lies and hazardous nonsense, Duncan, God is aware. go away good sufficient by myself. ” good, how may perhaps I? the following night i discovered Torf in a greater humor, so I acknowledged, “You stated Godfrey was once a idiot for wasting the Holy Lance. If he used to be ambushed by means of the Turks, i will not see what he may have performed approximately it. ” “And i assume you recognize all approximately such issues now,” he sneered. “Were you there? ” He puffed out his cheeks in derision. “Had it no longer been for Bohemond, the thieving Turks may have made off with the prize endlessly. ” “What did Bohemond do? ” “He pursued the Turks and stuck them open air Jaffa,” responded Torf. “They fought during the evening, and whilst the sunlight got here up the subsequent morning, Bohemond had the Holy Lance. ” “Then it used to be Bohemond who gave the lance to the emperor,” I answered. “That he did,” Torf proven. “Forgive me, uncle,” I acknowledged, decided to not offend him back. “But it kind of feels to me that Bohemond was once no higher than Godfrey. ” Torf frowned at me, and that i proposal he wouldn't solution.