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PRINCE JARED: THE NEW PRINCE

The sixteen year-old heir to the throne is out hunting stags when he learns the worst possible news; his brother, Prince Anders, has been assassinated. That puts Jared on the throne – the one place he never wanted to be. How …

Jared
ASTA PECK: THE PHYSICIAN’S APPRENTICE

The sixteen year-old niece of, and apprentice to, the Physician has only been in court for six months. Asta is still finding her way in this mysterious new world with its specific codes and conventions. But when Asta is on …

Asta
AXEL BLAXLAND: THE CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD

Axel is the Prince’s cousin, the Captain of the Guard and a major power player within the court of Archenfield. He desires nothing more than to claim the throne after all these years in the shadows. So could the …

Axel
HAL HARNESS: THE BODYGUARD

Danger is Hal’s business – whether he’s confronting it or imparting it. There are few, if any, to rival his strength or combat expertise within the court. He also had unparalleled access to the Prince. Could the man charged …

Hal
LOGAN WILDE: THE POET

Logan’s the ultimate wordsmith and can spin a story with consummate ease. People say he’s the Prince’s ‘Right Hand Man’. But what if the Poet was intent on writing a different kind of script to the rest …

Logan
FATHER SIMEON: THE PRIEST

In times of crisis, no one is kinder or more reassuring than Father Simeon. He lives to serve his spiritual flock – in the palace, the court and beyond. How many secrets have been revealed in the name of confession? And …

Simeon
EMELIE SHARP: THE BEEKEEPER

The youngest member of the Council of Twelve can be as sweet as the honey she harvests from her hives. Then again, her words can come with a sting as vicious as that from a cornered bee. But does Emelie …

Emelie
JONAS DRUMMOND: THE WOODSMAN

Jonas knows the hidden places of Archenfield better than his own hands. Those hands are often busy devising fiendish traps to deal with trespassers, in the woods and forest, in the most brutal fashion. Could the Woodsman have done the …

Jonas
KAI JAGGER: THE HUNTSMAN

One of the most enigmatic members of the court, Kai Jagger has devoted his life to perfecting the art of slaughter. No one in Archenfield wields an axe more adeptly or aims a crossbow with more skill. If he wanted …

Kai
LUCAS CURZON: THE GROOM

Gentle Lucas Curzon couldn’t the assassin, could he? He’s more at home communing with his horses than with engaging with people. Unless the handsome Chief Groom has been playing a deceitful game and taken everyone in court for …

Lucas
VERA WEBB: THE COOK

All the evidence points to the Prince dying from poison, administered through his food. Whether red-faced Vera likes it or not, that places her squarely in the frame. She’s certainly quick to anger but did that legendary temper of …

Vera
MORGAN BOOTH: THE EXECUTIONER

Death is his business. He views the axes and other instruments of bloodshed and torture as his friends. Morgan is partial to a slug of aquavit and has an unusual relationship with the Prince’s Mother. Could the Executioner be …

Morgan
ELIAS PECK: THE PHYSICIAN

He’s dedicated his life to the healing arts – no one can argue with that. But just as Elias knows how to heal, he knows how to harm. And in his locked and gated Physic Garden, more than one toxic …

Elias
NOVA CHASTAIN: THE FALCONER

Nova is a wild creature, less suited to the formalities of court than to wandering the remote places of Archenfield with her beloved falcons. She’s an expert at tracking and taking down her prey. Did she have the Prince …

Nova
QUEEN ELIN: THE PRINCE’S MOTHER

She’s the Prince’s Mother so it’s unthinkable that she could have been the one behind his death, isn’t it? Yes, except that she is one of the most ruthless operators within the court of Archenfield and …

Elin
LADY SILVA: THE PRINCE’S WIDOW

Prince Anders’ beautiful, sensitive (some might say ‘unstable’) wife was a fairytale bride from the neighbouring territory of Woodlark. Her marriage to Anders brought with it an all-important political alliance. But what else besides might this marriage have ushered in …

Silva