Julie, Richard, and Tia Tamblyn provided gracious hospitality during my research visits and taught me about the ancient Bury Down hillfort and the history of Botelet, the manor in its shadow, listed in the Domesday Survey of 1086.
Mary Jones—historian, writer, Chair of the Old Cornwall Society, and docent for the town of Lostwithiel—provided illuminating details on Restormel Castle and thirteenth-century life in Cornwall, and held my feet to the fire when my early drafts went awry.
Church historian Carole Vivian took me to churches and sacred sites throughout Cornwall, teaching me about pre-Christian Cornwall and the role of the Church in medieval life.
Beta readers Peggy Di Pastina, Jacqui Doran, Cindy Duda, and Mary Jones read the early drafts and offered the suggestions and questions that moved the story along to the next draft. Author Boman Desai and editor Vinnie Kinsella helped me polish the manuscript for submission, and Zumaya editor Elizabeth Burton provided additional edits that enriched the story.
To all of you, and to all who have enjoyed Megge’s story, my deepest appreciation.
And to David, Buster, Cassie, Princess, Samantha, Grace, Annie, Kate, Marigold ~ and Ollie ~ my thanks and love for this charmed life we share.
Megge is a protagonist easy to fall in love with, to root for, to worry about, and when dark forces enter her world, Kightlinger’s storytelling abilities shine.
shot through with dramatic tension that is certain to keep readers turning the pages, It's a full, satisfying novel that will, at the end, leave you hungry for the next installment." David Anthony Durham, author of Pride of Carthage and the Acacia trilogy