Devil's Bargain (Devil's Bargain, Book 1) by Judith Tarr

By Judith Tarr

The yr is 1191. where is the Holy Land, the place the knights of Christ are embroiled in a conflict with the armies of Islam. The prize is the holy urban of Jerusalem.

Led by means of Richard the Lionheart, the armies of the West are carrying out a campaign opposed to the sultan Saladin. In Cyprus, the king's mom, Eleanor, has struck a devil's discount to supply Richard victory at any fee. in basic terms Sinan the sorcerer understands that victory will rate the king his immortal soul.

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The priest had sought her out to give her his sympathies on the death of her brother. The only Rederni aside from Tier who had. She hadn’t been quite sure how to deal with a priest—Travelers had little use for the minions of the gods—but he’d seemed like a good person. ” “It must have been more than that,” Seraph said thoughtfully. ” She put them against her face and rubbed against them like a cat, soaking in the warmth that emanated from the battered wood. “Old wooden beads,” she said. “I can’t tell exactly how old, but they’ve been given in love and worn that way for a long, long time.

When she managed it at last, Ushireh’s body sat up in the pyre, and his head turned until he could fix his glowing eyes on her. Seraph shrank back and tried to close her eyes. As if in death he’d acquired the magic he’d so envied her in life, his will kept her from looking away from him. “You left me,” he said. “You left your duty. ” She awoke with a gasp and a cry and was gathered into warm arms and rocked gently. 44 Pa t r i c i a B r i g g s “Shh,” said Tier, “it was a dream. ” She buried her head in his shoulder and gave up a lifetime of self-control to sob raggedly against him.

I won’t tell anyone else,” she said. ” She glanced up at the mountains that towered above the narrow trail and shivered. There were not as many thieves in that part of the Empire as there were in the lands to the east where war had driven men off their lands. But Conex the Tinker, who found the dead body beside the trail, was not so honest as all that. He took everything he could find of value: two good boots, a bow, a scorched sword with scraps of flesh still clinging to it (he almost left that but greed outweighed squeamishness in the end), a belt, and a silver ring with a bit of onyx stone set in it.

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