The Thief of Eddis, Eugenides, has married the Queen of Attolia. However, his marriage is accompanied with the crown of a King. Eugenides faces the ridicule and machinations of an Attolian court hostile to its unwanted and reluctant King. Court intrigues notwithstanding, there are also the Medes who threaten to bring war to Attolia as everyone watches for Eugenides' next move. Attolia's neighbors, Sounis and Eddis must also be watched and it looks like Eugenides' and Attolia's time will soon run out.
A naive young guard named Costi is inadvertently caught up in this political maelstrom when he punches his new King out of indignant loyalty to his Queen. Pardoned, Costi finds his fate at the mercy of the King who sets Costi dancing a tune of Eugenides' making. But Costi's resentment is somehow intermingled with growing respect and sympathy for the beleaguered ex-Thief. Costi watches as the Queen wait for Eugenides' decision on whether he will be King or not.
The review of this Book prepared by Eugenia Huang