Image of Spy's Honor: The Hearts and Thrones Series


Image of Spy's Honor: The Hearts and Thrones Series

The second book in Raby’s exciting Heart and Thrones series is essentially a prequel to Assassin’s Gambit, as it is set before Lucian assumes the Kjallan throne. As with the previous book, the costs of war are seen from both sides of the conflict. Raby demonstrates a real gift for layered characterization, with protagonists who must buck conventional norms to save themselves and their people.

When a trusted spy disappears, shrould mage Janto, Crown Prince of Mosar, infiltrates the Kjallan Palace for information that could save his people from invasion. Meanwhile, Kjallan Imperial Princess Rhianne is angry that her Emperor uncle, Florian, is so cruel — and she is being forced into marriage with the brutal Kjallan commander. Rhianne soon finds friendship with a Mosar slave. Disguised Janto comes to appreciate the princess and hates deceiving her. With their people at stake, both Janto and Rhianne will be forced to make life-changing choices. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Oct., 400 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith