By Douglas Clegg
From Douglas Clegg, award-winning writer of The equipment of evening and The Hour earlier than darkish, comes his first darkish delusion novel, facing the sting of an exquisite medieval global. The Priest of Blood is the 1st novel of The Vampyricon, a saga of sword and sorcery -- and vampyres. Born the son of a girl regarded as a witch, Aleric doesn't comprehend who fathered him. From his grandfather he discovered the ability that would swap his existence. With that education -- and his personal skill to speak with the nice predator birds of the woodland -- Aleric is taken into carrier via the Baron and installed cost of his falcons. Now referred to as Falconer, he rises quick and much. nonetheless, to these at court docket, he continues to be the bastard son of a peasant whore. And whilst his forbidden love for the Baron's daughter is stumbled on, his punishment is speedy and serious. overwhelmed and brutalized, he's forcibly conscripted as a soldier and banished to the Holy Land to struggle the Saracen infidels. Amidst the horror and chaos of the continuing fight, he turns into a robust warrior -- and a guy with out religion or moral sense. Then, in an historical ruined urban, he reveals a brand new love. She calls herself Pythia -- and in her passionate, bloody include, he additionally reveals his destiny... Set in an alternative medieval international of old forests and buried kingdoms, of gods and monsters, of affection that crosses centuries, and vengeance past lifetimes, The Priest of Blood is the story of Aleric, Falconer, of his quest for his loved, and for the mythical priest-king inside whose tomb the secrets and techniques of the traditional, immortal race of vampyres live.
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He took the stone from me. “It is worth little now,” he said. “But it once was a sign of our family. Before the invaders, our blood ran in the veins of these woods. My grandfather’s grandfather’s grandfather planted this tree. In those days, there was no abbey. No church. We are now the vanquished. But you must never forget who we were, for it is in your blood to be more than what this world has forced upon you. ” I asked, but when his breathing became labored again, I begged him to rest a bit before speaking.
It is a gift to die, Aleric. You must always remember that. ” He glanced up at the ceiling of leaves, the deep emerald of the forest. ” I resisted the sorrow his words brought to me. I pressed my face to his heart, trying to hear it. But it was faint. He stroked the top of my head. “Your falcon has ﬂown,” he whispered. “He will be free in the Forest now, for he seeks a mate. He is the age of mating and of the hunt. You will be of that age soon. It is an important time. You will forget the Forest.
This was so many years ago, before you were even born, and I was still a boy, training with my own master. We did not understand how one stag could have the energy to keep running, without stopping for eat or drink. Exhausted, I ran with my master into a clearing, and there we saw our stag—which was snow-white and with a great crown of antlers that were of so many twists and turns that it seemed impossible. And there, the beast went into a bog that was as black as night. “My master and I cut through the brambles, and waded into the bog.
The Priest of Blood (Vampyricon) by Douglas Clegg