By Charles Todd
Within the ruins of Yorkshire's Fountains Abbey lies the physique of a guy wrapped in a cloak, the face lined by means of a fuel masks. subsequent to him is a e-book on alchemy, which belongs to the schoolmaster, a conscientious objector within the nice battle. who's this guy, and is the research into his loss of life being manipulated by way of a thirst for revenge?
in the meantime, the British battle place of work is looking for a lacking guy in their personal, somebody whose warfare paintings was once so mystery that even Rutledge isn't informed his genuine identify or what he did.
the hunt takes Rutledge to Berkshire, the place cottages as soon as equipped to accommodate lepers stand within the shadow of an exceptional white horse reduce into the chalk hillside. the present population of the cottages are outcasts, too, hiding from their very own pasts. Who between them is telling the reality approximately their associates and who's twisting it?
here's a puzzle requiring all of Rutledge's bold and talent, for there are layers of lies and deception, whereas a ruthless killer is set to carry directly to freedom at any fee. And the faded horse looming overhead serves as a reminder that loss of life isn't complete with someone, least of the entire males who fought within the trenches of France.
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Tassin raised her chin. " The old knight’s despairing expression made his disapproval clear, and Tyron had the same anguish in his eyes. They knew this war was lost, and plainly longed to save her. Duxon might give in to the urge, but Tyron would not go against her. Duxon shook his head at Tyron, who frowned. As Duxon stepped towards her, an arrow thudded into his chest, punching through his armour. He staggered, his eyes widening, then dropped to his knees. Raising his head, he rasped, "Flee, Majesty!
Bottles, vials and pots cluttered the bedside table, testament to the doctors' futile ministrations. King Litham’s swift illness had taken everyone by surprise, wasted the flesh from his powerful frame at an alarming speed and robbed him of his strength. The King's eyes wandered over his long-time friend's face, as if seeking an answer in his elderly features. Despair flared in his eyes. "What can I do about it now, Pervor? All that I can, I have done. " Pervor nodded. "He agreed to help. He told me that he would send a tool, some sort of magical device, and it will appear in our dungeons when it is ready.
She shook her head. "I shall not be defeated except by death. " "Ah, and teach the kings a lesson, no doubt. Such pride is foolish, but you are too young to know the folly of your words. " "Your words are cruel. Have you no other solution to offer? " "Do not despair, My Queen. " "You are indeed a great wizard. " "I originally purchased it for your father, may his soul rest in peace. He asked for my help to deal with the Death Zone, and the weapon I have brought was for this purpose. But it will serve you just as well in your need, after which you may send it into the Death Zone to complete that mission.