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When a palace maid is attacked, Josie and the captain of the guards investigate together. Since one of the suspects is a foreign diplomat and magic expert, they use the opportunity to learn more about sorcery. But it soon becomes clear that he is using them to get to the truth about the palace and the servants' origins. 

With unrest in the village, and servants growing impatient for answers, an undercurrent of danger pervades the air. But the most dangerous man of all may prove to be the king himself, because every clue points to him knowing more than he lets on. 

As tensions both in and out of the glittering Glancian court rise, the heat between the captain and Josie is a distraction. But is it a welcome one?

©2018 C.J. Archer (P)2018 C.J. Archer

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Even better than the first book in the series!

It says a lot when the second book in a series is even better than the first (which I enjoyed a lot). The main characters and the side characters are all very well done and not just two dimensional. I really can't wait for the next book to come out. The narration was once again awesome with really good male and female voices.

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An excellent story filled with secrets and more

A lot of secrets, interesting characters that only get deeper and more interesting as the story continues.
Highly recommend it.
I am a fan of CJ Archer but I think this series is her best work yet

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The stroy is interesting but,

I feel a little cheated, the story seems fine, but it is more of a part than a stand alone book. I love series in general, but this doesn't feel like a series, again just part of a larger book.