For close to a hundred years the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem has stood with its thin line of fortresses against the combined power of the world of Islam. Now the Sultan Saladin has declared war against the young Leper King.
Not all the inhabitants of this embattled country are firmly established on one side or the other. One such family, half Frank, half Saracen, stands on the boundary between the two worlds and faiths.
Into that family comes Prince Aidan, son of a mortal king and an immortal enchantress. He journeys into the East for love of a kinsman and the lure of adventure, and stays for grief and mortal vengeance.
Morgiana is neither human nor mortal. She is the Slave of Alamut: the Master of the Assassins’ most deadly weapon. She knows little of gentleness and nothing of love—until she meets the prince from across the sea. But he has sworn to destroy her.
Set in the world of the award-winning series, The Hound and the Falcon.
In the time of the Crusades, in a world at war, a prince of immortal lineage and a spirit of fire who was once an Assassin prepare to celebrate a royal wedding. But he is Christian and she is Muslim, and there are those who hate them not only for their disparate faiths but for their power and magic.
Melisende was the oldest daughter of Baldwin of Jerusalem, a princess of the Franks and, since she had no brothers, heir to the Crusader Kingdom. The crown would go to the man who married her, and after to her son.
But Melisende was a strong woman; the law that forced her to marry instead of taking the crown in her own name was a thorn in her side. It was she who ruled the City and who juggled the politics of church and court.
The knights of Jerusalem fought in her honour, many of the best sworn to her personal service. She would not submit easily to a husband's rule, but must she to secure her kingdom?
A gripping adventure telling the forgotten story of the notorious matriarch of 12th-century Jerusalem, Queen of Swords is perfect for fans of Elizabeth Chadwick and Conn Iggulden.
Cleopatra's priestess cousin Dione, standing in the shadows, is witness to all Cleopatra's romantic and military alliances. The queen is determined to maintain her hold on the throne of Egypt despite Rome's persistent attacks. But what happens when a queen falls in love with the man she intended only to use for his political power?
A dark and enthralling reimagining of the ancient tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra, Throne of Isis is perfect for fans of Michelle Moran and Wilbur Smith.
It is a long journey from the surviving Roman Empire in the East to the devastated Empire in the West. Theophano must apply all her Byzantine skills to truly become the Empress of the West, winning first her new husband's devotion, and then the love of her new people.
But when Otto II dies unexpectedly, leaving the empire to his four-year-old son, the Empress Theophano must fight one of the greatest wars of succession of the Dark Ages.
For Otto II's cousin, Henry of Burgundy, would have the Regency for himself and the Throne as well – if he can take them.
Brimming with suspenseful battles and seductive court politics, The Eagle’s Daughter is perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Kate Quinn.
Claire is barely scraping a living on her friend’s ranch near Tucson, Arizona. She looks after the long-abandoned horse facility, makes occasional attempts to resuscitate her academic career, and pays the bills, more or less, with her skills as an animal communicator. Those skills don’t always let her say the tactful thing to the human with the checkbook. Sometimes she has to tell the truth.
After a particularly unfortunate session, Claire gets one last chance to keep her home and her livelihood. A small herd of horses needs a place to live and a person to care for them.
But these are no ordinary horses. They represent an old, old breed, the rarest in the world, and they protect an ancient and terrible secret. And something is hunting them.
The ranch is a perfect sanctuary. The powers that live on and under and above it can protect the horses—if Claire can control them. But first she has to control her own abilities, and learn to believe in herself.
Priestess of the Great Goddess, daughter of ruling house of Epiros, witch, and familiar of Serpents...she was a figure of mystery, fascination, and fear even during her own lifetime. Author Judith Tarr weaves the legends into an intensely romantic fantasy novel set in ancient Greece and Macedon.
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THE PRINCE: Spoiled, reckless, heedless of any wants or needs but his own, sentenced to a terrible fate for his sins against man, woman, and God.
THE STALLION: Equally spoiled, equally reckless, bound until death to a bitter servitude.
THE TURK’S HEIR: Fiercest of rivals, most devoted of enemies, whose armor hides a secret. Come into the world of the Arabian Nights, where magic and mystery meet; where justice lays a sinner low, and the magic of the heart turns hate to love.
But a tide of darkness is rising to swallow the worlds of the Gates. Mages are dying and worse; but Daros’s very lack of training shows him the way to stand against the tide: to enter the darkness, and pay its price, and engage it on its own ground.
Iry, daughter of an old noble house, the Sun Ascendant, has been enslaved by the bearded conquerors. But her new master is born of a different blood, son of the priestess of an ancient rite, the cult of the Horse Goddess and her avatar, the White Mare. The Mare’s priestess-servant is dead—and the Mare chooses Iry, the child of a land without horses, to be her successor.
Meanwhile, in the wider world, the Pharaoh of Upper Egypt is arming to take back the lost kingdom. He forms such an alliance as his ancient land has never seen before, with the seafarers of Crete and the White Mare’s servant, and rides to war against the Shepherd Kings.
Hatshepsut, the Great Royal Wife, is bound in marriage to her brother, Thutmose, whom she despises. Unable to give him a son and heir, though she does produce a daughter, she sends him a surrogate and a distraction, the beautiful young concubine, Isis. Isis provides him with an heir, but when the king dies while his son is yet a child, Hatshepsut raises herself from queen regent to ruling king. And all the while, the royal heir, the son of the concubine, watches and waits.
Senenmut the scribe, sharp-tempered, arrogant, and much too intelligent for his own good, is sent to the queen as a servant, and becomes her friend and more than friend. With Nehsi the Nubian, her loyal guardian, he defends her in both life and death, and sets out to preserve her memory for everlasting.
“Egypt's ‘most notorious’ female king, Maatkare Hatshepsut, is the captivating subject of Tarr's latest novel of ancient Egypt. Tarr evokes Hatshepsut's ruthlessness as well as her vulnerability, and provides vivid portraits of Senenmut, Thutmose III and other real historical figures. Hatshepsut's courtship of the Egyptians, her peaceful reign and Thutmose III's ultimate revenge against her add up to a dramatic tale.” Publishers Weekly
But the horsemen are coming. The White Mare’s daughter must try to stop them, and both save and change the world.
She has out-ridden, out-hunted, and out-shot every suitor. Now comes one whom she could bring herself to love: no lesser man than the throne prince of the Golden Empire. But Elian swore an oath as a child to a foster brother who is now a warrior king. Consort to an imperial heir or squire at arms to a conqueror: Elian must choose, and in choosing, decide the fate of two empires.
But Estarion will not accept half of his heritage, nor will the Golden Empire willingly accept him. The same forces that assassinated his father are arrayed against him, led by the last scion of an ancient imperial line‚ and he must stand against them and truly unite the empires, or see all the great work of his ancestors reduced to rubble.
Suddenly, the Gates begin to fall–and the Master and the royal heir are trapped in a hidden kingdom on the far side of the world, with no way out but through the broken Gates.