Chalus Chabrol, 1199. The Occitanian knights battle for their lives against Richard the Lionheart. They are guarding the Blue Flame under which all Occitanians must unite to resist invasion. But the knights cannot survive and so it falls to Parsifal, a young son of the knight Bernard, to travel on alone and find the true keeper of the Flame. Yet when Parsifal returns home, the Occitan is ablaze. Catholic Inquisitors and Cathar heretics, far from uniting, are fighting each other for the soul of the land and its people. To which sect does the Blue Flame belong?
With this gorgeously and intricately braided novel, the first in the Perfect Fire trilogy, K. M. Grant provides a top-notch tale of star-crossed lovers, intrigue, twisted religious hatreds and the mystical power of landscape – Financial Times