The very fine 3rd book in this series of fantasies. It’s an excellent series, plotted carefully and with several fascinating characters. In Turner’s fictional medieval world, the focus is on three neighboring rival countries, bound together by the necessities of trade, but which are always on the verge of war. Eddis is a mountainous country which controls the pass which allows trade between Attolia and Sounis. Gen, short for “Eugenides,” is a professional thief – actually a chief spy and advisor for his cousin, the Queen of Eddis. In Book 2, Gen connived his way into becoming the husband of the Queen of Attoliia, in an attempt to keep these three countries out of war with each other, because he knows the real enemy is a distant larger country with designs on all of the three smaller countries.
*The King of Attolia* is told from the point of view of Costis, a young guardsman in the service of the Queen of Attolia. In a hot-headed and stupid rage, he slugs the new King. Instead of being executed, he is forced to serve the King, where he witnesses the young Gen behaving boorishly and appearing to be a coward. We as readers catch on quickly that Gen is really trying to find out who is loyal to the Queen and who might be a danger to her. Exciting political tension, with deep characters and some humor.