Dara Ruminor takes her new position as a castle guard for the King of Vertigon very seriously. She refuses to allow her feelings for Siv to get in the way of atoning for her parents' actions, no matter how hard it is to keep her distance. But she's keeping secrets from her king - and the one involving a fiery newfound ability is getting harder to hide.
When Sivarrion Amintelle ascends the throne of Vertigon, he's condemned to the drudgery of council meetings, strategic marriages, and the maneuverings of ambitious noblemen. There aren't nearly enough sharp, pointy objects involved, and a certain swordswoman still makes him want to sneak away from his duties at every opportunity.
But the Peace of Vertigon is over, and unknown foes conspire to end Siv's reign before it truly begins. As their enemies' plots grow more complicated, Dara and Siv will have to enlist help from an unlikely source. But if her secrets get out, Dara will have even bigger problems. And Siv might decide not to trust her after all.
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Not as strong as book 1, but still great
This is an excellent series, but I became somewhat frustrated with the characters in this installment. They have all the information they need on their enemies but refuse to do much of anything with it. I don't quite buy their excuses for why they won't do anything.
Dara found that her father is a murderer in the last book. She has almost no relationship with either him or her mother. Yet she does nothing with the information. She watches him kill her friends and still can't bring herself to hurt him. I'm not really convinced.
Siv knows that the Rollandars are screwing him. Von Rollandar claims that his men aren't preventing people from using the road? Perfect excuse to send the army in to guard the caravans from "bandits." But Siv does nothing. I know he was somewhat of a playboy in previous books, but I just don't believe that he is that clueless about politics.
He finds out that the head of the army has betrayed him and is actively planning a coup, and he does nothing. It's always "we need more information" and "let's find more evidence." Come on.
Siv and Dara;s "will they won't they"got a little tiring too. There is only so long you can draw it out.
Both characters were too passive and complacent in this one.
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Good Book series
The main characters are s Lucky that the stupidity is smaller. I can't see how this book series could have them constantly assuming the wrong things in every possible circumstance.