Although I try, on the whole, to avoid reading books that are parts of series out of order, I picked up this one (which is the second of four, to date) by mistake, thinking that it was a standalone or the first book. It was my fault – it is clearly enough marked. Anyway, as a result I put off reading it for a while but, eventually, I got around to it. My first impressions were quite favourable in that the events were not that difficult to follow: there are young twins, one male and one female, whose father the king has been captured by an evil bunch of usurpers (the Tollys) and they have been separated so as to go on their individual adventures. Some good people remain in the world but most people are bad, in one way or another.
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