The Chosen Puppet–
Terrel has been chosen as the one who will defeat the Melos. As foretold in prophecy, a son of the Ashkin will bring about peace to the land and destroy the Melos, traitorous warlocks who have allied themselves with foreign invaders.
His magic is unrefined, his fighting skills are that of a brawler, and his knowledge of politics and history are nonexistent. There is little time to train him up before the queen goes to her summer court where Terrel will be presented. But as time passes, Terrel finds that his allies have kept a whole other conspiracy from him, and his enemies might be the key to set him free. A simple slave caught in a political conspiracy for power and revenge, earning his freedom will be worthless if the plot is found out, and the queen executes them all.