Welcome to Monsilys, capital of an empire racked by intrigue, facing invaders abroad and traitors within.
Since the death of their brother the Emperor brought the Lords Valentin and Cassius back to Monsilys, Valentin has cured the boredom of court life with poppy sap and women, while for Cassius the remedy has been ale and the result much the same. Then the Empress sends them to the frontier to investigate rumours of treason, and they find themselves drawn back into the world of Jovani politics: a world their brother banished them from seventeen years earlier.
As Valentin veers from disaster to disaster, always running from his past and a life he would prefer to forget, Cassius is fascinated by a damaged boy he rescues from a slave brothel. Valentin’s weapon is cunning diplomacy, while Cassius prefers the honesty of the sword, but will either be enough to protect Jovan, and themselves?
Note: A Frequent Traveller’s Guide to Jovan contains some graphic sexual content and graphic violence.