The action begins with an unfortunate incident. Trevin finds his brother Dwin drinking with some unsavory-looking Dregmoorians. (The Dregmoors neighbor Camrithia and are the source for ongoing raids.) A fight ensues and Trevin jumps down a well to escape the Dregmoorians who outnumber him three to one. The incident causes Trevin to be late for a banquet honoring his appointment as a comain--a type of knight who answers directly to the king. Trevin's appointment is partially a reward for saving King Laetham and Princess Melaia "from the sorceries of Lord Rejius and his attempted coup" (p. 15). Trevin finds that the Dregmoorians are honored guests and that one of them is Prince Varic who has come bearing sparkling gifts and an offer of peace in exchange for Melaia's hand in marriage. Trevin is besotted with Melaia, though he appears to have little chance of winning her father's approval as a bridegroom. For her part, Melaia is not happy with Varic's offer and tells her father that she will only marry Trevin. King Laetham is more interested in the political gain from a royal marriage. The rivalry between Varic and Trevin is one of the key conflicts in the story.
|Harps turn up|
|in the oddest places.|
With assurances from King Laetham that the betrothal of Varic and Melaia will not proceed until Trevin returns from consulting the oracle, Trevin sets out on his quest with Pym--who served one of the missing comains--as his armsman, akin to a squire. On their way to Windsweep--the canyon in which the oracle resides--Trevin befriends Resarian, the teenage crown prince of Eldarra. Resarian is with his Uncle Hayden rounding up wild horses. Resarian dreams of adventure and is long on enthusiasm but short on skill and good sense. Hayden and Resarian accompany Trevin and Pym to Windsweep but only Trevin and Pym enter the canyon. Trevin leaves Pym at the bottom of a plateau and climbs a ladder in the rock to meet with the oracle who gives Trevin some answers that will in typical oracular fashion require some interpretation. Trevin descends the plateau to find Pym gone but Varic and Resarian waiting for him. Varic boasts to Trevin of the rumors he has started about him in King Laetham's court and threatens to kidnap Resarian. Trevin and Varic fight, but just as Trevin nears victory, Varic tosses Resarian onto Trevin's sword. Hayden arrives to see Trevin's bloody hands and the dead Prince Resarian skewered on Trevin's sword. Varic accuses Trevin of Resarian's murder. Trevin is led away to the dungeons of Eldarra to await trial and most likely an execution. Events take a decidedly different turn and Trevin learns more about himself than he could have ever imagined.
There's much more to Henley's fast-paced plot but I'll leave off the summary with Trevin in chains, arguably the low point in the story for him.
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Photo Credit: Pub plaque in Omagh. Kenneth Allen [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
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