While Christian and Muslim wrestle for control of the Holy Lands, another secret battle is being fought between ancient supernatural foes – with far greater rewards at stake.
On the eve of the greatest battle in the history of the Crusades, something ancient and evil stirs beneath the sands of the Judean wilderness. For some it is their saviour, for others their nemesis.
Friend and foe alike converge on the same remote desert valley to wage war, and to witness it’s awakening: Petrovingian sorcerer knights travel from their lands in the far north; the enigmatic Repha’im emerge after centuries of hiding; a secretive order of warrior monks enact a desperate plan, while the few survivors of a persecuted Muslim sect watch from the shadows.
Power and control are the prizes in this war – but the victor will be determined by the actions of a single man: a corrupt, disgraced young Templar. Guilty of murder, hunted by his own father, and wanted for kidnap, Alaric is a reluctant protagonist. Yet he and his rag-tag band of misfits become irrevocably drawn into a maelstrom of events that will shape the destinies of Christian and Muslim alike, and ultimately decide the fate of the Holy Lands.