The first instalment of a thrilling new crusader series in the style of Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell.
France, 1096: Crowds gather in a square in Sens to hear the man known as the Hermit speak. He talks of a pilgrimage to the city of Jerusalem, a pilgrimage filled with promises for Christian soldiers who march with him. In Jerusalem all sinners will be forgiven and the pious rewarded with great riches.
Sybille's husband is a reckless man and easily swayed by the Hermit's words. Even knowing the jeopardy and risk of the road ahead Sybille has no choice but to follow her husband and join the march.
Fulk, a young blacksmith, is hungry for adventure. The pilgrimage is exactly the excitement he's craving. For his brother Odo the march is far more serious and sparks a dangerous fanaticism even Fulk doesn't see coming.
Jeanne and Guillemette have been treated badly by the men in their life but this is their chance for redemption and a bright future. But life on the road for two unattached women is perilous.
On the path to Jerusalem right and wrong, love and hate, sins and virtues become blurred. Who will make it there alive? And will the sacrifice it takes to get there be worth the price they will pay?
Pilgrim's War is the first in a gritty tale about the First Crusade. This first story tells the tale of the long march of the followers of Peter the Hermit. The next book will take us to the capture of Jerusalem, and subsequent stories will tell of the Kingdom of Jerusalem from the point of view of a Knight Templar. I hardly need say that I'm really looking forward to getting back into medieval mode!
Pilgrim's War was published by Simon & Schuster on 8th February 2018, in simultaneous hardback (ISBN: 978-1-4711-5000-5) and paperback (ISBN: 978-1-4711-5001-2) editions. Now once more available in a Kindle edition.