This novel began in England, 1217. King Henry sent Sir Adam Quintin to Ravenswood Castle to unmask a traitor. In return, Adam would be able to name his own reward. Adam's price would be high indeed! Ravenswood Castle once belonged to his family. Adam wanted his father's banishment lifted and Ravenswood returned to the de Marle family.
Only one recognized Adam as Adrian de Marle when he arrived. Being a friend, he kept silent and said he would help. Everyone believed Adam to be one of the many who had gathered at the castle for a tournament. Winner would receive the hand of Lady Mathilda, as well as, Ravenswood Castle and all its lands.
Joan Swan, keeper of the hounds, feared people would soon realize her father, Nat, was losing his ability to tell reality from fantasy. She taught the dogs to react to her silent hand signals which she planned to use whenever Nat could not think straight enough to order the hounds. However, one of the competitors kept drawing her attention. If only they could trust each other.
Full of betrayals, suspicions, and delightful secondary characters! Fans of Knights and their Ladies will adore this one! Best of all, there is a villain that readers will LOVE to hate! Recommended!
Reviewed by Detra Fitch.