So, yeah, that plan of Neia’s to talk to the editor even should the editor be dead already? Didn’t quite work out.
(Also, I've had people ask what the heck is a bulldancer. Exactly what it says on the tin - someone who dances with bulls. Think bullfighting, but the human isn't armed and the bull is supposed to survive. Which is why the editor's husband is pretty darn vulnerable to all sorts of accidents.)
Unknown assassins hound the steps of Marshal Areghyr Deguisay, the supreme commander of the Halcian Republic. As the attack gets blamed on the neighbouring kingdom of Bereg and the senate cries for vengeance, Deguisay's surviving adjutants struggle to uncover the real enemy. Wish them luck, because nothing in Halcian high politics is what it seems - including, perhaps, Deguisay himself.
Meanwhile in Bereg, a court seer needs no magic to foresee a war her people can't possibly win…