Troubador The Drumming of Heels

Released: 28/04/2021

ISBN: 9781800463387

Format: Paperback

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The Drumming of Heels

Book 3 of Children of Zeus


War has overtaken the continent, the invaders trampling nations and people into the dust and once again, the carinatae or swan-people have been forced to flee, all except for Yöst. He has repaid his debt to Ramon, rescuing Rico and Maestro, the musician, from certain death. In doing so, he has bought himself immortality as people tell of the angel who gave them hope.

Still mourning the loss of their brother, Zande and Tatania continue his work aware that shortly both will be forced to confront the majesty and complexity of the carinatae life.

Or will they renege as did Albert Meijer and choose a human existence instead?

'Sunset on Golden Wings' which will be published at the end of April, although it can be read as a stand alone, is actually the sequel to 'The Year the Swans Came' and also brings the five book sereies to a close.

The idea for the series happened in 2010 when I was visiting Holland to celebrate the publication of Running but it was three years before I completed the first draft of 'The Year the Swans Came'. Based on the legend, Leda and the Swan, following a suggestion made by the agent, Felicity Bryan, I also began writing The Click of a Pebble, Book 1 of the trilogy, Children of Zeus, which is about many of the same characters but at a differerent point in their lives. And whereas 'The Year the Swans Came' and 'Sunset on Golden Wings' are narrated by Maidy Bader, the trilogy is written in the 3rd person and details the lives of Yost, Zande and Tatania as they struggle to survive in a world that wants them dead.

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Barbara Spencer

In 1967, considering herself to be destined for a life of mediocrity, Barbara Spencer hi-tailed it to the West Indies to watch cricket, the precursor to a highly colourful career spanning three continents in which she was caught up in riots, wars, and choosing Miss World. An award-winning children's author, over the past decade Barbara has been lucky enough to be invited to Booksignings at Waterstones throughout the Midlands and the south and west, and has visited dozens of primary and secondary schools. In 2017 Barbara decided to change horses in mid-stream and is now writing magical realism for adults and top teens.

Sequel to: the Year the Swans Came
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