When Formula 1 racing driver Conor Westfield is involved in a horrific racing accident, he is determined to devote himself to getting back behind the wheel and resuming the career that has been his obsession. But as he is recovering from his injuries Conor’s childhood nightmare recurs, a strange jumble of terrifying images that feel more like memories than dreams. Can it be mere coincidence that the very next morning he is informed a mysterious woman with whom he had very brief affair has died and left him as her heir? But this was no ordinary woman, no ordinary affair. Dogged by a feeling of déjà vu at every turn, Conor travels to Amsterdam to identify the body. At her home he finds an illuminated book that transports him to the year 1209 and a past life as a Knight Templar embroiled in two missions—one secret, both dangerous. There he finds the woman he left behind and a life lived in the shadow of a tragedy that cries out across 800 years for resolution.
Weaving history with the present, fact with fantasy The Knightmare is an unforgettable story of adventure and alchemy, betrayal and sacrifice, and truly extraordinary love.
Targeted Audience: Adults
Deborah Valentine is a British author, editor and screenwriter who once lived in California but far preferred the British weather and fled to London, where she has resided for many years. She is the author of three books published by Victor Gollancz Ltd in the UK, and Bantam and Avon in the US. Unorthodox Methods was the first in the series, followed by A Collector of Photographs and the Ireland-based Fine Distinctions. A Collector of Photographs was short-listed for an Edgar Allan Poe, a Shamus, a Macavity and an Anthony Boucher award. Fine Distinctions was also short-listed for an Edgar. They featured the characters of former California sheriff Kevin Bryce and artist Katharine Craig, charting their turbulent romance amid murder and mayhem. On 14 November 2013, they will available as eBooks on Orion’s The Murder Room imprint. With the publication of The Knightmare she has embarked on a series of novels with a supernatural twist.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As a teenager I read the love story of the medieval scholars Abelard and Heloise. It was such a tragic tale, one I’ve never been able to get out of my head. They had a son and I was toying with the idea of what his psychology would be, bearing in mind what happened to his parents. Then I saw a friend of mine, a bit of a ‘hooray Henry’ who wanted to be a F1 driver, race. In an instant my friend became a different man; totally focused, totally strategic in his approach. And that was just the spark I needed to give birth to my Knight Templar, a medieval workaholic trying to avoid emotions and avoid his parents’ mistakes and in doing so runs headlong into his own series of unfortunate decisions. Of course, I threw in a bit of magic, alchemy and a crusade for good measure not to mention a F1 race or two.