Somebody is trying to kill the Emperor. Kean d’Angelo, a beggar-boy who never before gave murder a second thought, is plunged into the middle of a conspiracy when he finds the body of an Imperial Prince at his feet. With a ruthless assassin hot on his trail, Kean must unravel the conspiracy before his enemies find him - but with a whole Empire of suspects to choose from, Kean may be hard-pressed to discover the all-important truth.
Well written but…
There seem to be inaccuracies in description of weapons and warfare, which are all the more glaring alongside the intelligent and believable world of the book. Examples of this include: a suit of plate armour, described as weighing hundreds of pounds, in reality would have weighed fifty at the most, and archery, as a sport, was far less prestigious than the joust and melee among the knightly and noble classes being considered as the pastime of the peasantry.