Winter, 1211. Former abbess Helewise moves back to her cell near Hawkenlye Abbey to help the needy, putting a strain on her relationship with Sir Josse D’Acquin, who is called to examine the bodies of three men, one of whom bears a complicated symbol carved into his chest: a symbol that signifies vengeance. Meanwhile, far from home, Sir Josse’s son, Ninian, has become involved in the cause of the doomed Cathar people, soon to be swept up in a fight that they cannot hope to win.
"Clare skilfully ties together a number of seemingly disparate plot threads, weaving a mystical, adventure-filled tale that's part love story, part murder mystery, and part historical saga." (Booklist)
"Clare has never been better at showing how the common folk struggled to survive under the oppressive reign of King John." (Publishers Weekly)
"Like other entries in this pleasing series this one is much stronger on history than mystery." (Kirkus Reviews)
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