By C.R.L. Porcelli
Glory Pax-Avis knows that strangers are dangerous. Strangers believe shape-shifters are witches. But there are no strangers in Gloryâ€™s life. The Last Druid cast shielding spells over Gloryâ€™s valley as he left to join the migrating Celts. Six hundred years later, the year is 1135. The place is the Border of England/Scotland where creatures of legend still roam the land.
Glory and her clan are Celtic shape-shifters. They have the magic ability to become birds. The ability to shape-shift was venerated by the Celts. However, most Celts have, over the centuries, drifted away to the furthest reaches of the island. Some brave souls remained in secret valleys and deep dark forests where conquerors were loath to go. In these secret locales, they were ignored as long as they kept to themselves and hid their beliefs â€” Twelfth Century â€œDonâ€™t ask. Donâ€™t tell.â€
Gloryâ€™s life is ideal. She passed her 18th birthday without her father marrying her off to anyone. She doesnâ€™t have suitors and she doesnâ€™t want them. Sheâ€˜s old enough to make some decisions for herself, and she has no husband to get in her way. Then her father dies. Suddenly, Glory is left with the responsibility of protecting her clan from discovery and from a neighbor who is trying to use witchcraft to take over her valley.
Who can she turn to for help?
Sir Huckelbard de Clermont, a war-weary Norman Knight, is the Captain of the Guard in the court of King Henry. Though not old in years he is tired of life at the court. The courtiers are disingenuous and greedy. Their ambition kills their humanity over time. The women are beautiful but jaded. Beneath their surface, every woman he knows wants him for his closeness to King Henry, not for himself. Even the battles his whole life has him trained for now seem tedious. Woven into Sir Hukâ€™s Norman blood and his Motherâ€™s Anglo-Saxon and Briton heritage are the wisps of forgotten Celtic ancestors. With his odd second-in-command, Sir Morph, Sir Huk is sent to Gloryâ€™s aid.
Do these strangers hold Gloryâ€™s clanâ€™s survival in their hands?
Or â€¦ if she trusts them will it lead to her clanâ€™s ruin?
What an inconvenient time for romance.
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