Troubador Graëlfire

Released: 28/08/2017

ISBN: 9781788033602

eISBN: 9781788030571

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Lena Dubois has a problem, but death is the last thing on her mind until the enigmatic Count Angelo walks into her life, warning her condition is fatal. Her only hope, he says, is a cryptic riddle that will lead her to the Holy Grail. Lena teams up with Raphaël Proctor, the Count’s inscrutable assistant. As their quest advances along Lake Geneva’s shores, sinister forces stalk them. Lena fears the worst, but Raphaël knows what lurks in the shadows is worse than she can imagine. Step back to the year 1245 in Languedoc. 

Gideon Drude is on the trail of the fabled lost treasure of the Cathars. Pursued by the Inquisition, his mission carries him across pilgrim routes to Cathar bastions in Lombardia, where his journey ends in star-crossed love, tragedy and betrayal. When the past collides with the present, Lena’s quest throws her into a cosmic vendetta where malevolent forces eight hundred years in the making propel her to a deadly showdown. 

Graëlfire is a gripping new twist on Grail mythology. Based on the medieval legend of the Grail as a stone that fell from Heaven, the adventure is set in present-day Switzerland and medieval Occitania within a fictional cosmos where universes emerge from the cosmic soup of Graëlfire—the source of all Creation.

I really enjoyed this book. I found it on Netgalley and realized it was something I couldn't put down only after a few pages. The characters are vibrant and original, as is this new telling of a Grail myth. I loved the two varying timelines and how they wove together through the same quest. Lena and Raphael are an interesting team and their dynamic made this read much more compelling. Gideon's arc was intriguing and as the story continued, his tale made me much more bound to finishing it.

A Grail story for sure, but not like Dan Brown in any way. This supernatural Grail quest was full of adventure, sure, but it had more of a plot, more purpose. It wasn't church against humanity, it was more than that.

by Chelsea Usher

Stephen Chamberlain

Stephen Chamberlain was born and raised in the West Riding of Yorkshire. A former lawyer turned investment banker, he swapped Wall Street for writing. He now lives in Switzerland, where he is working on his second novel.

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