The Divine Sacrifice continues the story of King Arthur's conselor, Malgwyn ap Cuneglas, a soldier who lost his arm in battle but was saved by his king. Malgwyn hated Arthur for this gift, but he has come to grudgingly acknowledge that he yet may have some purpose in life.
Arthur and Malgwyn are called to the abbey of Glastonbury to settle a matter of great political importancetin is being mined for export to the Empire. While there, Malgwyn and Arthur meet St. Patrick, a legend in the Church who is there on a mission of his own, to root out the heresy of Pelagius.
When an aged monk is found cruelly murdered in his cell, Malgwyn is set with a problem that will test his skills as an investigator. His search for the truth may uncover a conspiracy that could endanger the kingdom.
Gritty and powerful with a true ring of historical perspective, and a character who sees more than those around him, The Divine Sacrifice is a historical mystery that will hook mystery readers and historical fans alike.
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"Starred Review. Hays's brilliant second mystery set in fifth-century Britain delivers on the promise of its predecessor...a superb job of making the legendary king a convincing historical figure." - Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. Hays's follow-up to The Killing Ways serves up fifth-century church politics, warring philosophies regarding the celibacy issue, and a portrait of Arthur as an intelligent man caught between the growing dogma of the Church and his desire to bring all his subjects under the rule of the crown. Medieval mystery fans...will love this." - Library Journal
"The complicated plot and bravura ending are sure to appeal to fans of medieval intrigues and stirring battles." - Kirkus Reviews
"This heady concoction of suspense and legend will appeal to a broad cross-section of historical-fiction and whodunit fans." - Booklist
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