Eleven year old William yearns for the life of
a falconer, training the magnificent birds of prey for the favored sport of
medieval England’s nobility. But in the boy’s clubfoot his mother sees a sign
from the gods: like the legendary Hephaestus of ancient mythology, William is
bound to wield a blacksmith’s hammer. So his future lies in the smoky foundries
of a swordmaker rather than the rolling fields of a falcon master.
Then fate plays its hand: William rescues the
wounded bird of King Henry himself, gains favor with the grateful monarch, and
at last sees his deepest desire within reach. But with his new life as
apprentice falconer at a nobleman’s castle begins the tumultuous journey of
growing up. The years to come will bring triumph and tragedy, friendship and
treachery, truest love and most brutal loss. Yet through it all, he will never
stop battling, for justice, joy, and the chance to soar skyward in spirit
beside his beloved falcons.
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