Toggle the synopsis but, beware, if you haven't read Books 1-3, this may reveal more about those plots than you care to know.
Awards and Honors
LA Times Book Award for Young Adult Literature, 2010
Mythopoeic Award, 2011 (with the rest of the series)
Andre Norton Award finalist
Discussion guide at HarperCollins
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“The fourth installment in Turner's saga is another absorbing political drama, this time focusing on Sophos, reluctant heir to the Sounis throne. Readers will remember him as Useless the Younger in The Thief, when he was more interested in poetry than power. As the king's only heir, however, he had no choice but to prepare for the monarchy until, in the opening pages of this volume, he is kidnapped.”