Minotaur Books (hardcover), October 2012, $25.99
Crispin Guest, returning home after a late night, sees a body hurtling from the uppermost reaches of London Bridge. Crispin’s attempted rescue fails, however, and the man—an armourer with a shop on the bridge—is dead. While whispers in the street claim that it was a suicide, Crispin is unconvinced. What he uncovers is that the armourer had promised Sir Thomas Saunfayl, a friend from Crispin’s former life, that he would provide him something that would make him unbeatable in battle, something for which he’d paid a small fortune. Sir Thomas believes that the item was in fact the Spear of Longinus – the spear that pierced the side of Christ on the cross—which is believed to make those who possess it invincible. Complicating matters is another old friend, Geoffrey Chaucer, who suddenly comes to London and is anxious to help Crispin find the missing spear, about which he seems to know a bit too much. Caught between rebellious factions in King Richard’s court, an old friend’s honor, and the true ownership of the spear, it all culminates in a deadly joust on London Bridge.
“A very nicely judged balance between historical background, a pleasing puzzle to solve, and a high adventure content.” —San Francisco Review
“Written with a keen knowledge of medieval history, “Blood Lance” is another riveting tale of honor and heroism, grounded in period detail, a wealth of action and the continued development of her characters.” –Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Clever twists and convincing period detail make Westerson’s fifth 14th-century historical featuring disgraced knight Crispin Guest one of her best.” — Publishers Weekly
“Guest’s fifth adventure again provides a lively tale of historical interest smoothly combined with a worthy mystery.” –Kirkus Review