Traitor (Legends of Valeros: 2)
Announced for Q4 2017
Orlando of Troyes trains the sons of French knights in Carcassonne. Expecting to be rewarded for his loyalty to Simon de Montfort, Orlando faces new life-and-death challenges: to protect Simon’s son and to stop the rebels who are undercutting the crusade’s success against heretics in the Languedoc.
Rising above betrayals that ruined his reputation in Constantinople, Orlando now seeks the title—and wife and lands—he was owed at birth. He undertakes Simon’s challenge, distracted only by a young widow, new to Carcassonne. He’d fall in love, except he’s busy corralling head-strong boys and fighting a masked champion who defends rebellious villagers.
Orlando seeks traitors in the outer villages, but find betrayals down every alley in a city of ambitious knights. And the masked hero taunts him: “Simon is never loyal, Orlando. You’re no safer than the people suffering in the villages and hiding in the hills.”
But loyalty is Orlando’s chief virtue. There’s nothing to do but fight for Simon’s promised rewards—and avoid death for failing Simon’s challenge.
Traitor, a standalone story, joins the series of interrelated 13th century adventure tales, Legends of Valeros.