by Mira Canion
Tension is mounting. During 500 years of the Spanish Reconquista- Christian kings have managed to recapture only 2/3 of the Iberian Peninsula from Muslims. When Muslim leader Al-Nasir starts amassing troops from Africa- Christians declare a crusade to recruit and gather military forces in Toledo. The epic 1212 Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa looms. With a call of duty and a sense of holy devotion- Knight Templar Pedro Vega Garcia- whose secrets run deeper than his battle scars- is eager to meet his rivals. However- his immediate challenge just may be his 16-year old niece Clara and her insatiable curiosity about Islamic and Arabic cultures.
5,400 total words
142 words per page
Past tense narration, present tense conversations;
100 word vocabulary
Genre: Realistic historical fiction
Setting: Medieval Spain