Duke Weir has set himself up as ruler after the death of King Rodran, and the kingdom suffers.
As soon as Errol and company return to Illustra from Merakh, their ship is stopped in the harbor, and some are taken prisoner: Luis and Martin sent to the dungeon, Errol to a church cell, and Adora to the palace, where she is held captive in her own rooms.
As revenge for the death of his son, and in order to raise up a royal heir, Weir plans to marry her. To punish her and keep her subdued, he sets his daughter Sevra as gaoler.
This does not go well.
On her adventures with the company, Adora has been taking fighting lessons, and she’s not a simpering, delicate princess.
Meantime, other members of the crew sneak off the ship and into the city, where they meet with comrades and make plans to remove Weir from the palace.
While Illustra faces enemies from within, the kingdom is threatened by even more monstrous enemies from without.
A Draw of Kings is the featured novel in this month’s Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour. I reviewed the first book — A Cast of Stones — in August 2013, and it was the first novel in a long while to keep me up late at night because I had to finish the story. The Hero’s Lot did the same. Though faith and misplaced faith, trust and mistrust, belief and manipulation of those beliefs, are all strong elements integral to the overall plot, there is no treacle or preachiness. The Sword and the Staff series is solid adventure fantasy with quiet humor and a dash of romance. Recommended for adult and teen readers.
For other opinions on A Draw of Kings, visit these stops on the tour:
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.