Billy, Winchester, England
Nova Chastain – The Falconer – is the first character we meet in ALLIES & ASSASSINS, so I was determined to have a solid understanding of the bond that develops between a falconer and their birds. Billy Taylor is the resident falconer at the Lainston House Hotel near Winchester in Hampshire. He works with a range of birds of prey including Bengal eagle owls, Barn owls and a pure Kazakh Golden Eagle, named Anna. I was lucky enough to join him on a hawk walk through the Hampshire countryside with his stunning Harris hawks, Lottie and Jacob.