The Raven's Banquet

By Clifford Beal

Germany 1626: A conflict, a Witch, a Reckoning...

Richard Treadwell is a tender guy who goals of glory and honour at the battlefield—and the plunder and riches that will stick with. Newly arrived in Hamburg to hunt his fortune as a mercenary within the Danish military, he joins the colossal struggle in northern Germany among the Catholic Hapsburg empire and the Protestant princes of the north. yet he has additionally introduced with him an outdated secret—and with it the seeds of his personal destruction.

A younger gypsy girl foretells that Richard can't outrun his destiny, after which he's swept headlong into the negative conflict. The bloodshed he witnesses one of the Danes strips him of moral sense and hardens his center, because the opposing armies shut for the conflict to make a decision the way forward for the kingdom—and perhaps his personal soul. yet while Treadwell steels himself for the ultimate contest opposed to the forces of the Holy Roman Emperor, an unseen enemy stalks him inside his personal camp...

The hero of Gideon’s Angel returns to inform how his trip into the supernatural began.

'The historic fiction element is amazing using voice and info makes this essentially the most genuine i have stumble upon. The textual content is definitely readable, yet wealthy and inflected sufficient to provide a sense of interval, with no inflicting confusion....Frankly, this can be a lovely ebook in lots of methods, no longer least within the telling.' -- Brian Turner, SF Chronicles

'...I desire Solaris have signed Beal up for one more e-book after those , I d quite prefer to learn the extra adventures of Sir Richard Treadwell.' --The Bookonaut

'Beal does a huge task of discovering a center element among authenticity and clarity. Raven's ceremonial dinner sounds correct. this can be a exceptional paintings of historic fiction.' --Annie Smith at summer season examining Project

'A prequel of varieties to his acclaimed English Civil War-set debut Gideon’s Angel, The Raven’s ceremonial dinner follows callow adolescence Richard Treadwell as he pursues inaccurate desires of honour and fortune at the pitiless battlefields of Northern Europe. it's the mid-1620s, and the colossal forces of the Catholic Hapsburg empire are advancing at the bedraggled military of Prince Christian of Denmark. the sensuous texture of the interval is beautifully evoked, and there’s the further curiosity of the stressed useless that an strange college on Treadwell’s half permits him to determine. writer Clifford Beal has knowledgeable in rapier wrestle, which probably money owed for the distinction of the conflict scenes.' -- The day-by-day Mail

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Balthazar and that i checked out one another yet stated not anything. by the point our regiment had ordered itself, robust and flanked via Freytag’s and Duke Bernhard’s regiments, we observed the factors of the Imperial military around the flow, their businesses of cuirassiers and harquebusiers spilling out alongside the flanks. a few of their Horse rode towards Nauen, whereas I spied others heading out alongside their correct flank, dealing with our regiment on our left. It should have been close to mid-morning and the air used to be grown wet and muggy via the emerging solar burning off the floor dew.

I requested her. Rosemunde introduced her woolen cloak up nearer approximately her shoulders. “She brought us from persecution and gave us peace the following. i don't comprehend why the Goddess has grew to become from us. the girl who kept us from ache by the hands of guys has herself been slain through one. ” “I warned you that Christoph could undo all. He knew that she had hidden the silver the following someplace. And he used to be no longer approximately to depart with out discovering it. ” “She didn't exhibit it to him, that i will be able to let you know. ” Her voice was once powerful back; because it was once the day she had rescued us from our pursuers.

The day rolled on and as evening got here down, I grew chilled laying at the stones. My gaolers got here and went, ignoring me mostly, and that i suffered during the lengthy evening sound asleep just for what appeared a couple of fitful moments prior to gasping into wakefulness back. the following morning, my gaolers introduced me a bowl of chilly cabbage soup and part a loaf of dry bread. I set upon it as though it have been the Lord Mayor’s desk, eating all to the final drop and crumb. Seated at the stones, hands on my knees, i presumed approximately Rosemunde.

Don’t cease, you dolts! Fly! Fly! ” he shouted, pounding previous me. I swore an oath and dug in my spurs, as did the others. We the process the circulation because it grew to become to definitely the right or even farther from the sphere of conflict. around the water i may see our pursuers, at the very least a whole corporation of riders trying to overtake us larger upstream. We have been being pushed ever southwards and in the direction of the road of darkish bushes that all started the slopes of the Harz mountains. My palms started to shiver with exhaustion and worry because the fullness of our hindrance grew to become obvious.

And Balthazar roared, as did the others, other than after all, Andreas. Of the others in my little circle of co-workers, there has been Jacob, fair-haired and shrewdpermanent. I by no means observed him misplaced in his cups, nor opt for a seat that was once no longer opposed to a wall, nor say a be aware with no considering good upon it. certainly, his eyes appeared to not paintings all that good in concord, the left one wandering off looking for difficulty. Balthazar acknowledged that he will be wear the watch simply because he may perhaps see round corners. Jacob, good used to his wayward orb, suffered those jests good.

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