City of Swords (Rogue Angel, Book 39)

By Alex Archer, Jean Rabe

In Charlemagne's footsteps, a guy who will be Holy Emperor…

It used to be the type of net posting bound to allure the eye of the yankee cable television exhibit Chasing History's Monsters: "Dog-headed males sighted by way of travelers in Avignon." attracted to France to discover the parable of Saint Christopher and the cynocephalus, or the dog-headed, archaeologist and tv host Annja Creed unearths herself many times and inexplicably detailed by means of vicious mercenaries. Her most sensible safety is to track this brutal violence again to its resource, which she quickly discovers to be a millionaire and self-professed descendant of King Charlemagne.

Caught up in a romantic and ruthless sixth-century global, the guy is confident that if he collects mankind's most valuable and holy swords, he can satisfy his medieval ancestor's failed target to construct the town of God. And he's stealing the useful relics one after the other to arm his modern day paladins. Now he has his eye on a truly particular sword—Annja's.

And he'll need to kill her to get it.

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Whilst he introduced her computer. She waited till he was once long past sooner than deciding upon up the 1st paper. It was once the father or mother, and the lead tale used to be a couple of terrorist assault foiled on the Tower of London. “Police recovered 3 canisters of cyclosarin,” the tale learn. “Two males have been taken into custody in a failed plot to scouse borrow palms from the crown jewels show. ” She skimmed the remainder of it, and moved directly to the subsequent paper and the subsequent. That morning’s variation of the Parisien carried a small become aware of within a couple of collage professor who had devoted suicide final night—Archard Gihon. certainly, Lawton’s paladins were faraway from the equation, Annja proposal. Pity, Archard looked as if it would have a couple of redeeming features, and maybe he may have made strong in legal. “Lovely flowers,” a nurse stated whilst she got here in to offer Annja her final dose of antidote. “Rather dear, I’d say. Your admirer has very good style. ” Annja took a better examine the association. It used to be huge, choked with Casablanca lilies, gardenias, hydrangeas, lisianthus blooms and some stems of stephanotis. a really dear association, it wouldn’t have come from Roux.... “May I see the cardboard? ” The nurse passed it to her and left. “Meet me Thursday, when you are capable. ” Thursday was once the 30th of may well. * * * SHE WAITED approximately 3 hours within the outdated industry sq. in Rouen, pacing, sitting on a bench. Annja had made up our minds she may wait all day if important. Scents from the open-air industry have been thick and delightful. The previous structures alongside the road seemed just a little incongruous with the Sainte Jeanne d’Arc Church looming in the back of her. a close-by memorial marked the spot the place Joan were burned on the stake. “Did you recognize, leave out Creed, that during the ultimate moments of her lifestyles, Joan prayed for the souls of her executioners? ” “And that her ultimate phrases have been ‘Jesus, Jesus’? certain, i do know. ” Annja had heard him stroll up in the back of her, his toes crunching over the gravel among the bricks. “Do you ever pay attention voices, pass over Creed? ” “Like Joan claimed she did? ” Annja shook her head. “Not rather. ” “It may were fantastic, my urban of God. ” Annja and Lawton stood for a number of mins with no talking, the sounds of Rouen drifting prior them. The air used to be candy, if tinged with vehicle exhaust. no longer a touch of rain. It had rained for thus a lot of Annja’s remain in France. She ultimately broke the quiet. “Where is Joyeuse? ” “Where Joan came across her sword,” he acknowledged. “I figured that might be apt. ” He grew to become so he might look at Annja’s eyes. She used to be approximately his top. “I received to carry it for your time, believe the background and the divinity of it. The blade... it relatively used to be Charlemagne’s. And it fairly used to be mine for a number of days. ” “Why are you surrendering it? ” He shrugged his large shoulders. Annja may perhaps see a distinction within the guy from whilst she’d first noticed him in Spain. His colour was once sallow, his cheeks a bit sunken. “I am defeated, leave out Creed—time and my future health are my foes, simply as they have been my ancestor’s. town of God is going unfinished. maybe another descendant will take in the banner.

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