Allies & Assassins Gallery

Penrhyn Castle, Snowdonia, Wales

Penrhyn Castle was a major inspiration for the structure and detail of the palace in ALLIES & ASSASSINS. One of its best “gifts” was the balcony, which is where I imagined Prince Jared standing and giving his speech, the day after his brother’s assassination, to his grieving subjects. It was so helpful to be able to stand on the balcony (which in this photo is slightly hidden behind all that foliage!) and think about where the crowds would be standing, how thickly they would be ranked and what it might feel like to hover above them like that.