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Nearly twenty years have passed since the events surrounding the death of Anne Boleyn. But her missing hand – and all that it represents to the dark underbelly of 16th Century Europe – still compels the powerful to seek it out. Jean Rombaud, the doomed queen’s famed executioner-turned-father, has grown old, both in age and spirit and has tried to leave his sword-wielding days behind him.
Time alone cannot create enough distance between Jean and his past. His daughter Anne remains at his side, but his son Gianni has forsaken everything his aging father stands for by working for the Inquisition in Rome, where he murders Jews and heretics.
As Jean is called to fight in the seemingly never-ending siege of Sienna, the story turns to Gianni, who is summoned by Cardinal Carafa himself. His masters no longer merely want Gianni’s dagger in the hearts of Jews, they want the hand of the dead queen. But only three people know where it is buried, and one of them is Gianni's father...
It's 1777 when Captain Jack Absolute becomes a sensation throughout London. This news comes as a shock to the real Jack Absolute when he arrives in England after four months at sea. But there's little time for outrage before he finds himself dueling for his life. Right when he thinks he's finally won, he is forced to flee London by the quickest means possible, becoming a spy in the American Revolution. From the streets of London, to the pivotal battle of Saratoga, to a hunt for a double agent in Philadelphia, this novel marks the exhilarating beginning of an epic historical series and a character you won't soon forget.
Gregoras had vowed never to return to Constantinople, the cursed home that had betrayed and scarred not only his mind, but his face, for all to see. But now with 100,000 Muslim soldiers outside its walls, he can hear its desperate calls for his help, as it can only be held by men and mercenaries as skilled in battle as Gregoras, of which few remain.
His return home, though, will mean not only having to face the constant hum of arrow and cannon, but also Theon, twin brother...and betrayer. And with him his beloved Sofia, lost when Gregoras was cast from his home, now bound to Theon in marriage. But the rewards of victory would not only be the glories of the battle, but the redemption of his name and his soul.