By Alex Archer, Jean Rabe
In Charlemagne's footsteps, a guy who will be Holy Emperor…
It used to be the type of web posting bound to allure the eye of the yankee cable television convey Chasing History's Monsters: "Dog-headed males sighted by means of travelers in Avignon." attracted to France to discover the parable of Saint Christopher and the cynocephalus, or the dog-headed, archaeologist and tv host Annja Creed unearths herself many times and inexplicably certain through vicious mercenaries. Her top security is to track this brutal violence again to its resource, which she quickly discovers to be a millionaire and self-professed descendant of King Charlemagne.
Caught up in a romantic and ruthless sixth-century global, the guy is confident that if he collects mankind's most useful and holy swords, he can satisfy his medieval ancestor's failed aim to construct the town of God. And he's stealing the important relics one after the other to arm his modern day paladins. Now he has his eye on a really distinctive sword—Annja's.
And he'll need to kill her to get it.
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Paladins. ” “Yes, paladins. And tonight... this night, Luc, the detoxing has started. ” The voices in Sarah’s head congratulated her on a task good performed. bankruptcy 18 “I will give you a greater than reasonable rate on your sword, omit Creed. As you observed from the public sale, i'm keen to spend huge funds to obtain positive issues. ” “Swords. to procure swords. ” “Particular swords,” Dr. Lawton answered. His eyes narrowed, as though she’d affronted him. “Ones with a huge background. ” A handful of ladies in lengthy clothes and capes left the public sale, one complaining that she wasn’t prepared to pay “those costs for that kind of bijou. ” Annja watched them make their approach down the corridor towards front door. “El Cid’s sword, for one. ” “Tizona,” Archard acknowledged. “This was once just one of El Cid’s swords. ” “The most vital one,” Annja further. “Miss Creed, i'm attracted to discussing your sword, no longer one i've got already acquired,” Lawton acknowledged. “I am a hectic guy, and idle speak doesn’t healthy into my agenda. we could start with a cost? ” Annja locked eyes together with his. She nonetheless couldn’t determine why he appeared universal, couldn’t position the place she may need noticeable him earlier than. Her mood could be getting into the way in which. She felt warmth emerging to her cheeks and thought of denying the sword’s life. “I don’t have the sword with me,” she ultimately acknowledged. “But you may get it. ” “It’s now not on the market. ” She may have enjoyed to go away now, get out of this development and Spain, return to Brooklyn. She may possibly examine this secret closed; she’d came upon the collector. yet why used to be this guy accumulating swords? To what lengths had he long past to get them? “The jap katana,” she acknowledged. “You obtained that and—” “Honjo Masamune. ” Dr. Lawton shook his head, strands of hair popping out of his ponytail like threads of a spiderweb loosened through a pant of wind. “Archard bought that one,” he stated. “I used to be dedicated to a sequence of lectures. ” “So Mr. Gihon got it for you. ” “Again, it's not that i am attracted to speaking approximately blades i've got already received. ” “Just those you’ve but to collect,” she stated. Dr. Lawton smiled, his expression arrogant and reptilian. “About your sword. ” “It’s no longer on the market. ” “Everything has a value, leave out Creed. ” She was once turning out to be hotter, her mood simmering. This used to be now not the time nor where to confront this guy. Now that she’d obvious him, had his name—names had power—she may perhaps study him. each solid hunter knew to benefit approximately her prey. She didn’t recognize adequate approximately him... merely that he had funds, an affiliate named Archard Gihon, used to be a local Frenchman—that she may possibly inform through his accessory. now not sufficient details. “Shall we are saying 1000000 euros? ” She brushed by means of him, yet a hand clamped on her arm. Her shock held her in position. It was once Archard’s hand, and his robust grip tightened for a second earlier than he published her. “What correct do you're thinking that you have... ” Annja enable the sentence pass unfinished. Archard took a step again. “Miss Creed, you speak of rights,” Lawton stated. “By correct, your sword could be mine, besides. it may have handed to me.