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.
"THE FACOLN SOARS"
England, 1161: Ellen, a blacksmith’s daughter, wants to become a swordsmith, but for a girl, this male profession is unimaginable. Forced to run away from home, she disguises herself as a boy and has the opportunity to accompany a famous swordsmith to Normandy. Under the assumed identity of Alan, she learns the trade and becomes familiar with court life. When she falls in love with Guillaume, a young noble man, she can’t divulge her secret for fear it will endanger her dream of fame and recognition.
"Glad I stuck with it!"
Young Guillaume, fourth son of a minor baron, has passionate but unlikely dreams of becoming one of the king’s knights. But when he rescues the queen from a rebel attack, she gratefully appoints him to be the sword-fighting instructor to the prince, securing his place at court. Soon, Guillaume becomes one of the most influential men in England - but as his star rises, so does the number of enemies who seek his downfall.
England 1161: Die zwölfjährige Ellen, Tochter eines Schwertschmiedes, möchte nur eines: ebenfalls Schwertschmiedin werden. Doch das ist für ein Mädchen undenkbar. Als Ellen nach einer ungeheuerlichen Entdeckung von zu Hause fliehen muss, verkleidet sie sich als Junge...
England, 1184. Der junge William verfolgt nur ein Ziel: Er will Falkner werden...