The King's Falcon
Roundheads & Cavaliers Book 3
by Stella Riley
March 16, 2022
Available in: Audio, e-Book, Trade Size (reprint)
A tale of war and witchcraft ... plots and playhouses ... love and loyalty.
Following his coronation in Scotland, Charles II leads an army south to reclaim his throne but the dream ends in a crushing defeat at Worcester, leaving no alternative but flight. With little more than the clothes on their backs, Ashley Peverell and Francis Langley manage to reach Paris where Ashley, known to some as The Falcon, resumes his under-cover and unpaid work for the King.
Beautiful, stubborn and street-wise, Athenais de Galzain has risen from the slums of Paris to become the Marais Theatre's leading actress. Unfortunately, this brings her to the attention of the Marquis d'Auxerre --- an influential nobleman of unsavoury reputation who is accustomed to taking what he wants.
While the Prince's Fronde flares up anew and turns the city into a battle-ground, Francis is bullied into helping his sister, Celia, obtain a divorce from Eden Maxwell.
Currently working as a cryptographer in the Commonwealth's intelligence service, Eden watches Cromwell creating a king-sized space for himself and begins to question the cause to which he has devoted a decade of his life.
From the first, Ashley and Athenais are drawn together with the unstoppable force of two stars colliding; a force which Ashley, lacking both money and prospects and aware of the frequency with which he's required to risk his life, cannot deny but resolves to conceal. He has only two priorities; his work for Charles II and his determination to protect Athenais from the Marquis. Both are to test him to the limits.
The King's Falcon follows the Cavalier's last crusade and the bitter, poverty-stricken exile that followed it. There is danger, intrigue and romance in this sequel to The Black Madonna and Garland of Straw.
Originally indie published October 2014 in eBook.
Readers' Favorite 2019 Gold Medallist and 2021 Book Excellence Award winner for CADENZA and eleven times a B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree, Stella Riley lives in Kent. She enjoys theatre, reading, travel and playing the harpsichord. She is fascinated by the English Civil Wars and has written six books set in that period. The seven book Rockliffe series (recommended in The Times newspaper!) is also available in audio, narrated by Alex Wyndham. And the final book in the Brandon Brothers trilogy, THE MONTESORO LEGACY, is already available for pre-order.