A French nobleman rides from Burgundy into the Languedoc to find a healer, who he has heard can perform miracles, to try and save the life of his dying son. Though the woman bears the wounds of the stigmata on her hands and feet, she is no witch, and instead he rides into the middle of a war of genocide, the Pope’s savage mercenaries sent against the heretics of the south – the Cathars. He is drawn into the conflict through loyalty, duty and love - and forced to question everything he once held as true. Can he give up everything he has and that makes him what he is – his lands, his wealth, even Heaven – to stay and fight for justice, and for a woman the world calls godless?
Born in the north of London, Colin drove cabs and played guitar in dark bars and rough pubs before joining an advertising agency – ‘a step down.’ He then worked as a television and radio scriptwriter, and as a freelance journalist. He has been a full time novelist for the last twenty years with his work so far translated into seventeen languages.
He travels regularly to research his novels and his quest for authenticity led him to run with the bulls in Pamplona, pursue tornadoes across Oklahoma, go cage shark diving in South Africa, accidentally get tear gassed in La Paz, and complete a 1000km walk of the Camino in Spain.
A critic once introduced him to an audience this way: ‘Colin Falconer’s novels are based on dedicated research and a profound knowledge of his subject, stories of passion and human frailty drawn on a vast canvas, about the perennial nature of love and the human spirit.’