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I am really enjoying this series and plan on reading the third book when it comes out. I know myself well enough to know that I won't remember a darned thing about the plot and characters and it is no fun to read the third book when I have no clue what it happening. This post is intended to be notes to refresh my memory. I would love to others contribute their thoughts! Also, I am sure my spelling of the names sucks!

I may have to do this in more than one post since I don't have a lot of time.

The book is set on a vast continent, though I don't think it is fleshed out very well. Some places have hot peppers, some are freezing, some eat pasta. I think he was trying to make it a bigger world than it really seems to be when you read it. One of the flaws is that travel is pretty easy. Yes, they have to take ships and caravans, but it doesn't seem insurmountable.

Most of the action is happening in Antea, a small country with King Simeon at the head. Simeon is a very weak king and refuses to do anything to rock the boat. This leads to a group attempting a coup, which Dawson Kalliam helps put down. Even after the coup, Simeon barely reacts. Eventually he dies of a horrible disease, leaving his 9 year old son, Atwer, as the ward of Geder Palliako. Big mistake!

Geder Palliako

Geder starts the series as a fat, geeky guy who everyone laughs at. He's a young nobleman out fighting for the first time and does a poor job of it. Though he is of noble blood, his father doesn't have much to do with the courts an his mother died when he was very young. He does not know anything about court intrigues or alliances. He is out of his element amongst people.

Since he has no known ties to either side of the Antean nobility, many see him as a perfect puppet. He is put in charge of the city of Vanai after a poor leader makes a mess of things. We quickly learn that Geder is a pyscopath. He can't handle running the city, so he closes the gates and burns it to the ground with all the citizens trapped inside.

When he marches back to Camnipol, the capital of Antea, he is perfectly positioned to put down the coup. Dawson uses him to do so and Geder is hailed a hero instead of a psychopatch. His dad doesn't like the way his son is being used, and sends him away. Geder loves "speculative essay" and has figured out that maybe there is something called a Rightous Servant out in the desert.

He finds the Righteous Servent, which is kind of unclear. I guess it is all the priests of the spider goddess sect, a long forgotten cult. The priests of the sect can tell when a man is lying or telling the truth (or at least when they are convinced they are telling the truth). They can also make a man believe anything they say. He thinks this is wonderful. Wouldn't it be great if he could cut through the lies and see what people really meant?

He goes back to Camnipol with some priests and uses them to determine when people are lying or being truthful. He doesn't seem to realize they can compell people do whatever they want. He promises that the priests can set up a temple in every city they conquer, though at the time he has no idea that he will be conquering any city.

When he gets back to the city he helps Dawson's wife, Clara, uncover a plot on the life of the prince. Geder is made regent, the king dies and suddenly Geder is the most powerful man in the country.

Geder starts a war because the priests tell him the country of Asterhold was trying to kill Antwer. He names Dawson his head honcho, even though Dawson hates him. The war is won fairly quickly b/c of the priests's powers of persuasion. He orders Dawson to kill every man, woman and child of noble blood to prevent future wars. Dawson pretends the order came too late and takes the nobles into his protection.

Dawson quickly realizes that foreign priests are controlling Geder and plots to take Geder down. He tries to kill him at a big party in Dawson's honor, but is unsuccessful.

Geder and Antwer escape with the help of Cithrin (one of the most improbable things in the whole book) and go into hiding beneath a ruined warehouse. The travelling troup help them.

Dawson is eventually brought down by the priests (using their power of voice to convince everyone to betray him). Geder doesn't know what to do with him because Geder's only friend is Jorey, Dawon's son. He lets Dawson's family go, though they are reduced to nothing more than beggars.

Geder has a "trial" of sorts of Dawson, but gets so angry that he runs down to the floor and hacks Dawson to pieces instead of letting the executioners take care of it. Then he runs after Cithrin and tries to get a date, even though he is covered in blood.

Also important: he is feeling really angry and humiliated most of the time. He orders his servants to leave him alone and gets a rush from it. He is a very, very angry person.

He scares the crap out of Cithrin and she leaves the city, but he thinks she was just busy and really likes him. He has big fantasies about her. She better watch out!

He sets up a big judgement room and brings people in to see if they are loyal or not. He asks questions and his pet priests give him signals if the person is telling the truth. Problem is, the doesn't always ask the right questions. He brings in Clara, Dawson's wife, and asks if she is plotting against him. She says no, it hadn't occurred to her. The book ends with her saying "now it has occurred to me."



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The Kalliams

Dawson is a very conservative man who firmly believes that noble blood makes a man better than a commoner. His views are extremely distasteful to a modern reader. He believes slavery is necessary. He is oppose to a farmer's council (important in the first book). He is your basic super Repug. But he is right about one thing--Geder is plotting with foreign priests. The sad thing is, Geder doesn't know that's the problem. He has no idea why Dawson turned against him.

Dawson makes all kinds of plots and plans, but they are not generally successful. Even when he manages to pull Geder's army in and save the city from a coup King Simeon says he is inciting trouble and exiles him for six months.

Dawson is loyal to the Severed Throne and sees himself as Antwer's protector against Geder. He will do anything for duty to the throne. He was Simeon's best friend in boyhood. See Gerder's section for more on Dawson.

Jorey Kalliam is Geder's age. He is a good kid and embarrassed with Alan Klin humiliates Geder at the beginning of the series (Geder will never forgive Kiln for this, plus Klin burned one of his precious books). He is the only person Geder considers to be a friend.

Jorey is loyal to his dad, but renounces his dad at the execution, sparing his own life. Jorey is married to a girl who had a baby out of wedlock. Everyone sees it as him saving her, until the tables turn and suddenly her family is saving him. It is unclear if the baby is his or not.

Clara is Dawson's very beloved wife. She thinks she is really good at social graces and keeping things running smoothly on the social front. She takes Geder to a traitor's house (Maas Feldin) when he returns from the wastes of Keshet with his priests and that is when they prove the plot against the prince. Clara's cousin was married to the traitor. Maas killed the cousin in cold blood in front of Clara.

The author really likes to point out that Clara smokes pipe and needs her tobacco.

Clara allows Jorey to marry a fallen woman because she thinks he really loves her. She tells the girl that the illegitimate child must stay away and plots to make sure the child is well taken care of, but far away. At the end of book 2 she tells the girl that she wants to see her grandchild and that the girl will always be the boy's mother. Not sure if she really believes it is Jorey's child or if she is trying to use the girl's motherly love to her advantage.

In the first book a huntsman named Vincen Coe falls in love with Clara and acts as her and Dawson's bodyguard when they go on dangerous missions. Coe kisses her and she sends him away because she finds him tempting.

Coe shows up towards the end of the book when she's contemplating jumping off a bridge after Jorey and his wife kick her out of the wife's family home. One of the many unbelievable coincidences in the book. Coe starts taking care of her in a really run down boarding house run by his cousin, though she does get an allowance from Jorey. She is not yet lovers with Coe, butt is contemplating it.

Barriath is Dawson's eldest son. He fights a lot with Jorey. He was a sailor for Jorey's FIL until Dawson went down. Then he was kicked out of the fleet and very discontent. Geder calls him before him in his crazy judgment room and ends up exiling him.

Elisia is the daughter of Clara and Dawson. She's married and wants nothing to do with the family now that the name is tainted.

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Cithrin

Cithrin is a young Cinnea/human half-breed (there are several human races in this book, explained in greater detail in an essay at the end of King's Blood (95% in Kindle). The Cinnea are very pale and thin. The essay says they are supposed to have superior intellect. I assume that is supposed to explain Cithrin being so smart.

Cithrin's parents died when she was very young so she was raised by the Medean bank. It seems like the banker liked her well enough, but she doesn't feel she was raised with love. She was raised to learn all the banking business and all about risk and insurance and all of that type of thing.

When war comes to Vanai the banker sends her out of town with all the wealth that he has available (basically the wealth of Vanai). She is disguised as a carter boy in a common caravan that is not supposed to have anything of any importance in it.

Marcus Wester is the caravan guard. More on him later.

She is a terrible caravan guard and ends up getting really sick. Opal, from the traveling troupe, heals her and becomes her friend. The traveling troupe reveals her presence to Marcus Wester. Wester immediately thinks of his dead daughter that would be Cithrin's age and becomes her protector.

Geder is sent to find the wealth of Vanai. When he finds it hidden in a pond he steals a handful of gems but doesn't alert anyone that he's found it. This saves Cinthrin's butt. He does it because he's pissed at Alan Klin.

The winter is bad and Cintrhin can't make it to Carse, the place she is supposed to go. She takes the wealth and through forgery sets up a false branch of the bank. Wester and the traveling troupe help her.

She's so stressed out that she becomes an alcoholic. She does pretty well with the bank, but loses a contract. To get the contract she tries to be a tricky spy and sleep with her rival, but her rival outmaneuvers her and uses her. She spirals out of control until Marcus kicks her butt into order.

Eventually Paerin Clark comes from the bank and says she can't be the banker. She pulls a power play (all her contracts would be void if people found out she was too young to sign them) and is still the figure head of the bank but Pyk (an angry warthog like lady/creature) is her notary and has to approve everything.

Pyk hates Cithrin and Cithrin hates Pyk. Pyk is jealous that Cithrin gets to go to balls and such and not do any real work; Cithrin is jealous that Pyk gets to do the real work and doesn't have to go to balls.

Cithrin makes a plan to go to Carse to get the Medean bank to think she's hot shoot. Wester, her loyal puppy, can't go with her because he's a king killer and there's a big war on.

She goes, finds out the son of the banker is not too bright but that is daughter and SIL (Pearin Clarke) are intelligent. She's sent with an envoy to Antea to see what's going on with the war. All hell breaks lose while she's in Antea and she ends up rescuing Geder and the prince. Yeah, because that's so very likely. Also, she runs into the traveling troupe, so they are a part of this rescue.

She lives with the prince and Geder in a hell-hole for a couple of weeks. She sleeps with Geder and he falls in love. Once he is restored to the throne (as regent) and she realizes he's bat shoot crazy she runs away as fast as she can, though he wants to marry her and have her start a bank in Camnipol.

After Geder's execution of Dawson she runs into Clara on the street. She stops her and expresses sympathy, which is more than anyone else does.

She is still working with the Medeans and with the king of Carse. She tells them that Geder is funny, lonesome, violent and unpredictable. She is the only one who really sees him for what he is and convinces everyone they better keep an eye on him and not assume anything about how things will go with him.

She is big on taking risks, but is still very young. At the end of the book she finally comes of age. Instead of taking over the Port Oliva branch right away she is to wait two years and work under a real banker to gain experience.

She has no idea what happened to Wester and is worried about him.

Also, some explorer dude wanted her to loan him the cash to send out an expedition to find old dragon artifacts. It wasn't a good risk, so she said no. He gave her a gnarly dragon's tooth that she keeps on her. At the end of the book there is mention that the guy went out with 100 men and hasn't been heard from since. He is either dead or successful.


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Marcus Wester

Marcus is a famous soldier/general who refuses to fight for kings or in wars. His wife and daughter were murdered by one of his employers in a convoluted plot to make Wester more angry at the enemy. It backfired and Wester killed the king moments after handing him the throne. He then handed the throne to the "enemy". I believe this was the royalty of Carse, where Cithrin ended up at the end of the book.

Wester still has nightmares about the death of his family and has never forgiven himself for causing their deaths. His first scene shows him in Vanai just before the war. His company (except for his right hand man/Tragul, Yardem Hane) have all been put in the gaol. He is offered his men if he will just fight in the war. He refuses.

He meets up with a travelling troupe and comes up with a great plan. He must have a certain number of guards to be a legit caravan and he can't be forced into war if he has a legit job. The traveling troupe agrees to play the part of caravan guard, which is how he meets Cithrin and eventually uses her as his replacement daughter. It is unclear if he sees her as daughter or love interest.

His soul is in the shape of a circle standing on end. . . he'll rise to the top, then fall to the bottom over and over again.

Yardem Hane is completely loyal, but Marcus always jokes that Yardem is going to take over the company and throw him in a ditch.

He's a brilliant tactician and is able to defeat pirates with double the numbers through sheer ruse and guts.

He sticks with Cithrin even when she doesn't want him. He does anything for her, including killing Opal, a member of the traveling troupe who decides to steal the money.

When Cithrin decides she needs to go to Carse to try to get out from under Pyk's thumb he freaks out. He agrees, though, and waits for her. Eventually he finds out that she just walked into a war and decides he is going to go and save her, despite the fact that he is weeks away and could never find her.

He comes up with a plan to steal the bank's strongbox to finance this ill-advised plan. Yardem gives him every chance to stop the craziness, but he insists. Always loyal Yardem fights him and carts him off to a prison in a dovecote. It doesn't seem like Yardem tells anyone the real reason Marcus is gone. We don't know what Yardem's ultimate plan was, but we know he was the only one thinking clearly.

Unfortunately Marcus vows to kill Yardem. I really hope this doesn't happen!

Master Kit comes to Marcus and says he is the only one who can help him defeat a great evil in the world. Master Kit is a former priest of the spider goddess and wants to go and kill the goddess. Problem: he needs a special sword but he can't carry it.

Marcus, of course, agrees to go with him if Master Kit just lets him out of the prison. I assume Yardem set this up, but am not sure.

Marcus and Yardem travel a long way through all sorts of lonely territory and finally get to the place that Master Kit thinks the sword may be at. Final reveal: Master Kit isn't really sure WHERE the sword is.

Cithrin, of course, is upset when she hears Marcus has left the bank, but doesn't rush to find out what's happening. She's more into finally taking over her bank in a couple of years.









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Master Kit and the Traveling Troup

Master Kit is the apostate, a priest of the spider goddess who realized she was actually evil and ran away when he was a young man. He was to be a sacrifice to the goddess, but managed escape.

As far as we know, he's spent the years as the leader of a traveling troupe of actors. He is very successful since he has spiders in his blood. The spiders can tell when someone is certain they are telling the truth, and they can force others to believe every thing the priest says. Very powerful. He explains that the reason contracts require a bloody thumbprint is to prove that the person signing does not have spiders in the blood. No one else remembers this little fact.

He hires on with Marcus Wester in the beginning of the book to act as caravan guards and get the heck out of Vanai. His troupe immediately realizes Citrhrin is not a true carter boy. Eventually a member of her troupe saves her (Opal), though Opal later betrays Cithrin for the money. Master Kit questions Opal to make sure she is done vying for the money. When it turns out she will continue to be a problem, Master Kit is ok with Marcus killing her.

Master Kit and his troupe help Cithrin learn to pose as an important banker. Sandr, a troupe member, tries to get in Cithrin's pants but Marcus comes along and stops that plan. Sandr turns out to be a jerk.

The troupe ends up in Camnipol and Kit sees the priests of the spider goddess are taking over. He freaks out, turns the troupe over to Cary and goes to find Marcus. He knows he must defeat the spider goddess, but doesn't want anyone else to get harmed while he does it. Unfortunately he can not carry the poisoned sword that will do the job (b/c his blood has the spiders) so he wants Wester to be the sword bearer. Wester isn't interested until Yardem Hane throws him in a make-shift prison.

Wester and Master Kit travel to find the sword. We find out that Master Kit spent time with Southlings when we first came out of the desert and they are willing to help him.

When they reach the country where the sword is supposed to be, Kit tries to purchase a map. We find out that Kit really does not know where the sword is, but is hoping he and Marcus can find it so they ca go kill the goddess in her cavern and render the priests powerless.

The traveling troupe seems to do ok with Kit at the helm. They happen to run into Cithrin when she enters Camnipol (yeah, right) and so Cithrin runs to them when she has Geder and the prince. They help save Geder and the prince.

The World

Hundreds, maybe thousands, of years ago dragons ruled the world. These were real, honest to goodness dragons as evidenced by statues, relics and bones that we've seen. They don't appear to be a metaphor.

They were a great race with either a lot of magic or science. They built jade roads that have lasted basically forever. Even if the earth falls away below them, the roads still stand and just become bridges. The only ruined roads we've heard about have been covered in lava. Civilization grows up around the roads and seems to be lacking in places where there are no roads.

The dragons created the thirteen races. I believe regular humans (firstbloods) are natural, but then they did a lot of genetic mumbo jumbo and came up with different races. See essay at end of book 2 for more details. Most of the races have a harder time with mating than humans. In Antea the other races are considered "slave races" and treated as such. They are on a more equal footing in other parts of the world.

The last dragon emperor (Morade) went nuts and his clutch-mates acted against him. A human general, Stormcrow Drakkis, helped defeat him. We just learned that pods of dragons could be put to sleep and buried for years, then they would burst forth from their hiding places and battle. Some hints this could happen, but it was so long ago it is hard to say if that is a red herring or something that will happen.

Whew! I think that's all I've got! Didn't know you'd be reading a third novel, did you? I hate picking up a book in a series and not having a clue what is happening. Hopefully this will help my brain (and maybe yours).


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Thank you C baby! I will read this post before reading Tyrant's Law!
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