High in the mountains of Anglia, Sal and Cyno face an impossible mission. This archaic country still has a line of succession, and it's up to the two assassins to make sure their chosen candidate inherits the crown. That means killing the king - and the six people between him and the Marquis of Valmere. If they can manage that without getting caught, then they still have to convince the new ruler to sign an alliance.
It's the kind of mission that will get them killed.
Sal knows why she was assigned to do this. Parliament thinks it's a great way to remove the iliri taint from the military. Killing most of the ruling class and then convincing those left that she's their best friend? It's suicide! Her own country is hoping to keep their hands clean and get rid of their little iliri problem. But if it will bring an end to the continental war devastating her species, Sal is willing to try.
But Anglia is nothing like the Conglomerate of Free Citizens. They discriminate based on gender, not species. Iliri are thought to be just a myth - until she shows her face. To convince the king and his council that yes, a woman really can be a soldier, she's going to have to make her own rules. The enemy is moving. She doesn't have time to deal with outdated court manners.
Sal and Cyno are in Anglia trying to get the new king on their side in this war against the emperor. Sal has been having issues with Cyno since it's been them by themselves for a while now, but she's bound and determined to get it fixed between them. As she's dealing with this, she's also doing her best to help the Anglia people.
This book was really good. I enjoyed Cyno and Sal together, and I love the way the relationships have changed! This book brought in a bunch of new characters, and also made us rethink some of the old characters as well. I thought the plot was very good, and I was hooked from start to finish. Now, I can't wait for more.