The Cold Fire
By Aaron Navrady
As the sun rises on the 13th century, the Western aggression of the Crusades is turning inward upon itself. Gaspard de Bec, a battle-hardened Norman Crusader and his Breton understudy Julien are recruited to a special company who must apprehend a splinter group of fugitive heretics as they flee the Albigensian Crusade south of France and attempt to cross the Frozen Alps. As the knights get closer to seizing their quarry, a mysterious swordsman brings calamity to their task, and in the aftermath Gaspard and Julien are confronted with the virtue of both their mission and their masters.