<p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:arial; font-size:12px; color:#0B333C; ">The tale of a forgotten crusade, erased from history because it fell into the shadow of the devil.</span></p><p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:arial; font-size:12px; color:#0B333C; "></span></p><p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:arial; font-size:12px; color:#0B333C; ">Jerusalem is in the hands of Sultan Ab’dul Razim, and the Christians have raised an army to take it back, led by Grégoire of Arcos and the Duke of Taranto. Only Gauthier of Flanders and his sister-in-law Syria of Arcos are opposed to an attack they deem premature. But the stench of brimstone covers everything, and in a war fought in the name of God, it is the Qua’dj, a demon, who could decide the fate of the Holy Land…</span></p>
<p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:arial; font-size:12px; color:#0B333C; ">The Crusader army has been destroyed by the terrible Simoun Dja, the desert wind. Gauthier of Flanders has gone to look for the Jews of Samaria, possible allies to retake Jerusalem. But the Holy Land is rife with plots and counterplots. Christians and Muslims alike are torn by internal conflicts. And behind it all, pulling strings and offering temptations, one creature: the qa’dj—the demon that crept at the foot of the Cross.</span></p>
<p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:arial; font-size:12px; color:#0B333C; ">Gauthier of Flanders hunts the Aa, a monster whose existence stains his family’s honour and who is key to an alliance with the Jews of Samaria. Deep underground, the crusader and Osarias fight for their lives, while on the surface the Master of Machines plots to secure his own pacts and get rid of Robert of Taranto. In this terrible struggle for Hierus Halem, more lives, more souls will be lost to the terrible Qa’dj.</span></p>
With the Master of Machines as their new leader, the Crusaders are ready to assault Jerusalem once more. The Sultan must now choose between his love for a Christian princess and his faith. And Gauthier of Flanders, to free his ally Osarias’s Jewish people, will have to confront the last part of his mysterious past, a Jinni. As the final battle is joined, truths will be revealed on the nature of gods and demons and the ambitions of men.
Three years have passed in Puerto Blanco, and there has been no news of the Barracuda. Emilio, still passing himself off as a woman, has been learning the art of fencing from Mr Flynn. Maria, now married to the slave merchant Ferrango, makes her husband’s existence a living hell. As for Raffy, being left behind by his pirate father has hit him hard. But when an old enemy of Flynn’s sails into the harbour, their lives are turned upside down again.
After her mother’s marriage to the mysterious Lord Blackmore, Siobhan, last descendant of the Kings of Sudenne, is now supposed to be safe from the hostility of the sorcerer who rules the country. Too many mysteries remain, though, and the land itself calls for justice and the Lament of the Lost Moors to be heard. Will the young woman be able to avenge her father and defeat evil – and at what price ?
On Puerto Blanco, life goes on. Captain Flynn is dead, murdered by his old nemesis. Emilio mourns his mentor and lover, yet finds unexpected companionship in Maria and Raffy. The three children left behind by the Barracuda have grown and found each other, but the dangers are many: De La Loya and his Spanish expedition; Ferrango, Maria’s cuckolded husband; Flynn’s killer; a scorned woman with a talent for poisons… And above all, a cursed diamond that carries madness and death.
It’s been several months since the events of The Yellow M, but the evil of Professor Septimus still echoes around London. Important figures of the capital’s jet set come together around the questionable values the mad scientist defended. Olrik is forced to resort to opium in order to forget he was guinea pig. As for Mortimer, he too is trying, albeit for more humanist reasons, to revive certain aspects of Septimus’s work – to Blake’s extreme concern…
It’s chaos in Puerto Blanco. Raffy, caught red-handed with Ferrango’s wife Maria, is about to be thrown into a shark tank; the governor is toppled by a coup ... and the Spanish occupy the city after bombarding it. Amidst the blood and fire, alliances are formed and broken, betrayal follows betrayal, and the flame of resistance is kindled. Will love and friendship prove stronger than fanaticism and the thirst for power?
Time has passed in Eruin Dulea. Siobhán reigns with wisdom and compassion. One day, during a trip with her protector Séamus, she meets Kyle of Klanach, a minor nobleman haunted by his family’s dishonour, whose charm doesn’t leave her indifferent... Unfortunately, the evil Lady Gerfaut is plotting to place her own son in power. And what better way to do this than a marriage, even if it requires black magic to arrange?
The Gerfauts’ schemes have born fruit. Siobhán drank the blood of Brigga the Witch, and evil has taken hold of her. Once a wise and generous ruler, she has become merciless, and is entirely devoted to Lady Gerfaut’s son, whom she soon marries. Her own mother, Lady O’Mara, isn’t invited to the wedding, and Séamus, her protector, is powerless to help. The last glimmer of hope lies with Kyle of Klanach and his unwavering love and loyalty...
Maria, Emilio, the governor and her right-hand man have fled Puerto Blanco. On the small island wherethey’re hiding, they’ve been shocked to discover the Barracuda! But its captain is no longer onboard, andthey’ll have to venture inland to find him – despite the indigenous tribes who live there. Raffy, meanwhile,wasn’t lucky enough to escape, and he is still in the hands of the Spanish forces and the new governor: hisformer lover and ex-prostitute Keen-Flame?