Despite his mother’s insistence, young William knows he is destined not to toil with a swordsmith’s hammer in his hand, but rather to stride the open country with a falcon on his fist. And when he rescues a magnificent bird of prey belonging to King Henry himself, the boy finds in His Majesty’s favor a golden opportunity. Neither the stigma of a clubfoot nor the powerful influence of prophecy will keep him from fleeing the smoky smithy to run the open fields… in the shadow of the sky’s winged masters.
But his journey will be a tumultuous one, marked in equal measure by triumph and torment. He will meet a lifelong friend and make a deadly enemy, be hunted through the wilderness and go hungry on city streets. And as he travels from the huts of the lowly to the castles of the highborn, growing from callow youth to experience-scarred manhood, he will fight - with honor for what is right and with fury against wrongs no man should suffer.
©2013 Katia Fox (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I found this story full of information about life in medieval. time period I don't know if it is totally historically accurate it follows the life of the main character set in about 1205 A.D.his talent with the training of Falcons brings him success, rising above his humble beginnings' I almost felt like a voyeur watching his progress,, his interaction with his family,his mothers is a blacksmith, unusual at that time period she is a craftsman sought out for her skill, ,the friendships he makes and keeps, the agony of losing his first love in a horrific murder, and his revenge upon the lord that stole the life if of this young woman brutally murdered , his child ripped from her womb this loss haunts him, he overcomes this when he realizes he can love again. he marries it brings him joy new passion, though.she is above his station part of the nobility they felt a connection and join their lives .with blessings from the king. I felt this story
Twist at the end was good. Some of the story seemed to drag a bit.
a bit flat.
Acceptable but not intellectually challenging book.
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