The Devil to Pay: A sweeping and epic queer historical adventure

· Nightingale & Courtney Book 2 · Canelo
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In a world of gunpowder, smoke and blood, two men’s love will rise above the chaos.

'An absorbing follow-up to the brilliant Leeward' The Times

In 1802, The Treaty of Amiens brings the French Revolutionary Wars to an end. After the drama of the past few years, Lieutenant Arthur Courtney returns home to England where he hopes to spend a blissful summer with his close friend, Hiram Nightingale.

But within weeks, HMS Loyal goes missing en route to Malta. She carries a French and British diplomat, Hugo Baptiste and Sir William Haywood. Their disappearance, in this tentative time of peace, may be enough to prematurely ignite war between France and Britain once more.

Both Courtney and Nightingale, Sir William’s son-in-law, receive a position on HMS Lysander, tasked with tracking down the missing frigate. But as their mission grows ever more dangerous with each passing day, the risk of dissension simmers menacingly on the deck of the Lysander.

And when painful memories finally begin to rise to the surface after so many years, the truth of Courtney and Nightingale’s powerful bond could be the spark that sets everything ablaze...

A thrilling queer adventure on the High Seas, with romance, naval warfare and long hidden secrets finally come to light. Perfect for fans of Kate Mosse, Ken Follett and Diana Gabaldon.

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About the author

Katie Daysh works part-time in retail, but her two passions in life are history and writing historical fiction. Her debut novel, the queer Age of Sail adventure Leeward, was published by Canelo in 2023, with more naval adventures featuring Hiram Nightingale and Arthur Courtney to follow. She lives on the Isle of Wight.

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