Legends of Valeros

Wheel and Serpent (Legends of Valeros: 1)

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Wheel and Serpent launches new adventures and conspiracies amid the chaos of the crusade against the Cathar heresy in southern Europe in 1213.
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Taresa of Valeros has one task: Pedro of Aragon needs her to lead Yusuf, her scholarly brother-in-law, from Toulouse to Paris, serving as translator and guide through the ways of Troubadour culture. Her own secret goal: to be made a knight when her chore is done.

But feral children rob them, a murderer at a Templar monastery frames them as rebels, and renegade heretic hunters arrive in the hills of the Languedoc. An enigmatic woman in crimson promises shelter but leads them into catastrophe. And then the Languedoc world falls into total chaos.

In times of madness, some strive for power and others run for shelter. A few do whatever it takes to save the innocent. Taresa has her wit, uncanny second-sight into others’ memories, and her lover’s third-best sword. Will that be enough to protect her friends and fulfill her hopes when pandemonium reigns?

Taresa of Valeros first appeared in the Accidental Heretics series when she traveled as a laundry woman in the Aragon army into Andalusia. She chose that disguise to protect herself from a bad marriage and ended up among the family and friends of Valeros, a community of warriors in the Catalan Pyrenees. In this first book of the new Legends of Valeros series, Taresa fights for life on her own terms, in the face of a military and cultural invasion that seeks to supplant the Languedoc way of life.

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.