"You should be grateful, my girl. You have no dowry, and I am doing everything I can to get you settled. You are hardly any man's dream." Alina's brother, Milos, pulled his face into a perfect copy of Aunt Marci's sour expression, primly pursing his mouth. He had got her querulous tone just right.
I pinched my lips together, trying not to laugh. But it was true; Aunt Marci had already introduced me to several suitors. So far I had managed to decline their suits politely.
Maybe Alina's aunt was right. How could she possibly hope to become a musician, a trobairitz, as impoverished as she was and without the status of a good marriage?
But fourteen-year-old Alina refuses to accept the oppressing life her strict aunt wants to impose upon her. When the perfect opportunity comes along for her to escape, she and her brother embark on a journey through the Byzantine Empire all the way to Jerusalem.
Alina soon finds herself embroiled in the political intrigue of noble courts as she fights to realize her dream of becoming a female troubadour.
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Table of Contents
Chapter One: A Funeral
Chapter Two: Trapped
Chapter Three: Turning Point
Chapter Four: On the Road
Chapter Five: Camp Followers, Slaves, and Hermits
Chapter Six: Horses, Trinkets, and Silver Balls
Chapter Seven: An Offer Not to Be Refused
Chapter Eight: Wind in the Desert
Chapter Nine: Sibylla
Chapter Ten: City of Queens
Chapter Eleven: Dancing in the Carola
Chapter Twelve: A Walk in the Town
Chapter Thirteen: Saladin
Chapter Fourteen: A Court Hearing
Chapter Fifteen: The True Cross
Chapter Sixteen: King Solomon's Quarry
Chapter Seventeen: In Hiding
Chapter Eighteen: A Song for the Telling
Chapter Nineteen: Birds in a Cage
Chapter Twenty: At the Spring of Gihon
Chapter Twenty-one: The Soul of the Lute