When his distant relative the King orders him to investigate trouble in the royal court, Portier embraces the opportunity for excitementt. But in the troubled court Portier uncovers betrayal, violence and unholy sorcery. This is an okay fantasy. The world building is merely okay and some characters are idiots. But still the plot does intrigue enough for me to want to read the sequel 'The Soul Mirror'.
"Ye don't seem a lackwit or craven or mercenary at all."