It takes guts to approach such myths as Richard Lionheart and the events of teh Third Crusade. It takes considerable skill and imagination to twist the story somewhat, thereby bringing something new to the table. Ms Newcomb does just that, building her story round the young inexperienced Henry and the somewhat more worldly-wise Stephan, who takes Henry under his wing. Through their eyes, the reader is treated to a personal and historically accurate retelling of the events that were central to the Third Crusade. Ms Newcomb does not shy from describing brutality and violence. Her heroes see their fair share of action, and there are fights and blood aplenty. But there is also love and friendship, and Ms Newcomb must be commended for her excellent description of the pain and anguish love can bring with it when it does not conform to society's expectations. A certain Robin makes an appearance in this book, and I am sure Ms Newcomb's future instalments will treat us to a fresh and innovative a take on the Robin Hood legend. As long as Henry and Stephan are around, this reader is more than satisfied - and curious as to how things will develop.