By Bernard Cornwell
The Reign of Terror has washed the streets of France blood-red. And in England a terrified aristocracy awaits the subsequent blow. safe of their wealth and gear, the noble Lazenders stay secure from history's violent hurricane in the back of the partitions in their opulent "little kingdom." yet theirs is a home below siege. With the family's inheritor, Toby Lazender, away in revolution-torn France searching the brutal murderers of the girl he enjoyed, a mystery cabal of strong and unsafe assassins—the Fallen Angels—conspires to deliver the chaos to England's shorelines by way of seizing the monstrous assets of Lazen citadel. And just one situation stands of their manner: Toby's sister, woman Campion Lazender. stuck in an ever-tightening web of conspiracy, Campion sees treachery throughout her—even as she follows a mysterious horseman right into a realm of fascination and hope. And within the clashing of nations—as traitors, spies, and their masters stream furtively during the night—Campion's middle should be major her to destruction . . . by means of the hand of 1 she trusts mainly.
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Ain’t got no call for her, my Lady. ” “Don’t you swear to her Ladyship,” Simon Burroughs said. “Sorry, my Lady,” the farmer said. Campion hid her smile. All the men in the Castle, Simon Burroughs included, swore freely in front of her, but were outraged if any outsider took the same liberty. The mare was broad and firm at the root of her neck, and was hardly blowing because of the exercise. She would, Campion thought, make a good hunter, but would never breed the foal that Campion wanted which would THE FALLEN ANGELS 27 be as fast as any in England.
After the slaughter of this week it would undoubtedly close. ” Marchenoir’s pouchy, bloodshot eyes watched the Gypsy. ” Gitan paused, then nodded. ” Marchenoir smiled. ” Marchenoir said the word with distaste. His bitter hatred for the aristocracy was at the root of his fame. “But not just any earl, horse-master. Before his accident he was Britain’s spy-master. ” Marchenoir said it as though he spoke of a terrible ogre to a small child. He laughed and spat another shred of leaf toward the blood.
Did anyone not know of the richest earldom in England? Lazen, with its sprawling great house and its London property and its estates in every shire, was rumored to have a greater income than that of most kingdoms. Lazen! He said nothing, but he wondered how, in Reason’s name, these few men would take the fortune of Lazen. THE FALLEN ANGELS 55 Lucifer, his hands gloved in silver, told him how. The Earl of Lazen was sick. He was dying. It was said he could not live another winter, that, indeed, he had almost died a few weeks before when the stump of his amputated leg began bleeding in the night.
The Fallen Angels by Bernard Cornwell