"the talisman of darien kaur" :book three : "princess of arlain"
bishop maddock , emissary of the god kaull to the empire of b'akkai plays a subtle game of greed, revenge and power. Princess johanna from the neighboring realm of arlain has arrived at court, miraculously cured of her wasting disease and petitioning queen cressalyns' help in driving the kaull from arlain. His spies at court hint at the presence of a mysterious warrior who is both lover and champion of empress cressalyn. while plotting against his old adversary, bishop bardock of arlain, maddock launches his own plan to usurp both realms.