Once again I found myself drawn into the medieval world as depicted by one of my favorite authors, Prue Batten. Once again, she does not disappoint as she embroiders a tale full of intrigue and suspense. The story takes place in the village of Lyon and concerns a family’s trading business; a business that draws unwanted attention from an over zealous monk – a despicable character who is just one example of the author’s ability to weave believable personas into the fabric of the story’s time and place. From the Crusade induced troubled mind of the protagonist to the steel backbone of the maligned Jewess, Ariella, the reader is treated to a page turner of a tale. Ms. Batten is a master at setting the stage, leaving hints and clues as to what is coming, and yet still surprising the reader with the eventual results. A descriptive, and at times poetic, look at a world that was gradually moving into the time of the Reformation, and where loyalty and trust were often hard to find. 5 stars and an anxiously awaiting reader for the third volume of this marvelous series.