New title for books-'The Relic Hunters.'Jan 302016
This seemed like an appropriate title that would attract teen readers with the adventures of four young relic hunters during the dangerous events surrounding the Spanish Inquisition.
Two boys, Rodrigo and Farid and two girls-Rene and Anne work together to foil the evil Bishop Osorio and his minions from stealing relics from cathedrals in Aragon. They have the aid of Arturo, a local duke's son and also Crimino a dwarf with unusual talents.
A bit about the characters:
Rodrigo-is the squire of Martin de Arce, a Santiago knight. Rodrigo wants to someday become a horse trainer in the service of King Ferdinand but for the present is caught up in the adventure of locating and returning holy relics.
Rene-an orphan who is masquerading as a boy and works as a blacksmith. Her uncle, a minstrel, tries to make her play the dulcimer and sing to help him make money, but she has a talent for repairing armor and finds an ally with Rodrigo and his master, Martin.
Farid-Rodrigo's friend who travels on the pilgrimage with him to find the stolen relics. His father was a crusader to the Holy Land where he met the daughter of a caliph and secretly married. Farid is his son and although his father is dead, he has heard that his mother is alive and wishes to find her.
Anne-the daughter of Martin who was kidnapped as a child by her Jewish grandfather. When Martin is killed in battle he tasks Rodrigo to find her and give her his valuable codex that once belonged to Queen Isabella. Anne is known to as the 'Girl Who Draws Horses,' and her talent provides them with money and many valuable contacts.