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The falcons of Montabard
Chadwick, Elizabeth.
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First U.S. edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004.
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473 pages ; 22 cm
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Barfleur, 1120. Sabin FitzSimon, bastard son of an earl, has acquired a reputation for wildness and trouble only matched by his abilities as a warrior. But when he is caught seducing the King's favorite mistress, not even his fighting skills can save him. Beaten by the King's soldieries and left behind in the Norman port, it seems that his notoriety has finally gotten the better of him.

Upon his eventual return to England, Sabin is given the opportunity to rebuild his career and salvage his reputation: The knight Edmund Strongfist is leaving for the Holy Land to offer his sword and services to the King of Jerusalem, and he wants Sabin to join him.

Accompanying Strongfist is his young, beautiful, convent-educated daughter Annais. Sabin, he warns, is to keep away from her. Being grateful for the chance that Strongfist has given him, Sabin does so, but not without a feeling of regret as he observes her spirit and courage, and enjoys her beautiful harp playing.

The Holy Land brings its own shares of trials for Sabin. If he succeeds in keeping his distance from Annais, he has less success with Strongfist's new wife, and the consequences prove to be painful. The land is suffering from constant warfare and following the capture of the King, Sabin is forced to take command of the fortress of Montabard and marry its recently widowed chatelaine. Now there is all to play for...and all to lose.

Author Notes

Elizabeth Chadwick lives in Nottingham with her husband and two sons. She is a member of Regia Anglorum, an early medieval reenactment society, and tutors in writing historical and romantic fiction. She won a Betty Trask Award for The Wild Hunt , her first novel, and was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Award in 1998 for The Champion . Her novel Lords of the White Castle won the WordWeaving Award of Excellence, and The Falcons of Montabard , her thirteenth novel, was shortlisted for the U.K.'s Parker Romantic Novel of the Year Award for 2004.

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Booklist Review

Readers will immediately be swept away by a masterful telling of a story spanning the borderlands of Scotland across the desert to the courts of twelfth-century Jerusalem. Sabin FitzSimon, an amorous knight in King Henry's court, loses his powerful position when discovered in a dalliance with the king's favorite mistress. Attached to Sir Edmund Strongfist, FitzSimon will accompany the aging knight and his convent-educated daughter, Annais, on a crusade to the Holy Land. In the glittering and intriguing courts of Jerusalem, they will meet the seductive predatoress,\b Mariamne, who will lust for Sabin and take Edmund for a husband; the courtly widower Gerbert, smitten with Annais; and the fearless King Baldwin and his courageous queen, Morphia.\b Soon all the characters find themselves caught up in border skirmishes leading to kidnappings, ransoms, and a daring rescue (based in fact) from a Saracen fortress. The author expertly twines factual details through the page-turning action. All characters, fictional and historical, are fully realized. An engrossing read for fans of medieval fiction; suggest also to readers of historical romance. --Kaite Mediatore Copyright 2004 Booklist

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