Lord Ingrey kin Wolfcliff has gone to a country estate to solve a murder and bring the killer to the capital for justice.

The Hallow King is near death, and Ingrey must ensure that political embarrassment is kept to a minimum. The sins of the past must be atoned for, and Ingrey is the only one who can cleanse the betrayal of centuries past and restore the Weald to itself.

Ingrey is another of Bujold's magnificently flawed heroes, and the tale she weaves around him with thorny theological and moral problems, is completely mesmerizing. Set in the same world as her last two fantasy novels, this one takes readers to a different country, where the Five Gods still rule but there are local spirits as well. This intersection of spirits and gods comes together in one of the most compelling books this year. (Jun., 480 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs