The 12th-century mystery of who shot William Rufus--son of William the Conqueror-- with an arrow in an English forest, has never been solved; Bennett's new element is witchcraft. Although certainly everybody who was anybody in the anti-Rufus cadre was lurking about in the trees: brother Henry who wanted to be Henry I; a follower of brother Robert from whom Rufus has snatched Normandy; a lady who hated the king because of an executed baron; and a local witch who seems to have been doing business for all sides. Most of the action is seen through the eyes of a young noblewoman, Heloise, who is searching for her page--soon to be a Lammas sacrifice. And is Rufus himself a pagan? Faster, tighter and better than Bennetts' gabbier others.