Quest of the Warrior Maiden – Volume I in the Bradamante and Ruggiero Series
From the dawn of the Middle Ages comes a tale of impossible love between two sworn enemies set against the backdrop of a holy war between Islamic and Christian armies. The legends of Charlemagne come to life filled with chivalry, secret romances, betrayal, revenge and magic.
Bradamante, the niece of Charlemagne, and Ruggiero, a Saracen knight descended from Hector of Troy, are renowned warriors who meet and fall in love on a battlefield before being separated. The heroine, Bradamante, receives the call to adventure from an enchantress shows her Ruggiero's two possible fates. One is where he is baptized a Christian, marries her, and fathers a child with her, but is murdered before their child is born. His other possible fate has him causing the defeat of Charlemagne and the fall of Christendom. If she follows her heart, her beloved will die tragically, but if she denies her heart so that Ruggiero lives, her family will die.
Dueling magical forces compete with each other to determine which of Ruggiero's fate will come to pass. Quest of the Warrior Maiden is adapted from the classic epic poems Orlando innamorato and Orlando furioso and examines the conflicts between love, war and faith.
About Linda C. McCabe (Santa Rosa, California Author)
Linda C. McCabe lives in the Northern California Wine Country with her college sweetheart and teenaged son. She received a master's degree as an historian of science from Sonoma State University, and loves to travel. To aid in the research of her writing, she has taken two extended trips to France scouring museums in Paris and trekking through medieval hilltop villages in the Midi-Pyrenees. Her novel Quest of the Warrior Maiden won the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association Award for Best Historic Fantasy and an Honorable Mention for Genre-Based fiction by the Hollywood Book Festival
McCabe has been a member of the California Writers Club for more than a decade and is a past-president of her local branch, Redwood Writers and received the Jack London Service Award. She has had opinion/editorials published in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the Los Angeles Times and essays published in several of the Redwood Writers Vintage Voices anthologies as well as the Centennial Edition of the California Writers Club Anthology: West Winds.
McCabe was also the winner of the website Portkey.org's First Reader's Choice Award for Best Novel Length Fic for Harry Potter fan fiction in 2003 for her story Secrets, Lies and the Daily Prophet.