She has her chance to shine in this book. There is no honor in the way that Arthur wins his victory, primarily because he attacks at night, when few of his enemies are fully armored.
Drusilla Blackthorn — second to the youngest Blackthorn, next to Tavvy whom she constantly looks after, Dru is frustrated at not being allowed to help with "adult" matters for being too young but constantly makes discoveries around them.
Meanwhile, in North Humberland, Merlyn suddenly remembers what he has forgotten to tell Arthur: his mother was Igraine, who was also the mother of Morgan le Fay and Morgause.
Gawain continues the story: Igraine demands that her husband take her away from Uther's castle, because he is bent upon dishonoring her. She doesn't, really, because then what would be the point of her beauty?
Our contemporary understanding of the word king is of a monarch who controls a vast expanse of land and is the only person in the empire who has such a title.
Mark Blackthorn — half-faerie, half-Shadowhunter, Mark's heart is divided between Kieran and Cristina while he tries to save his family and friends.
In the room below, Morgause is trying to turn herself invisible. After a drink of whiskey, the fierce and battle-scarred old saint tells them the story of King Conor, who was shot in battle by a magic bullet.
As treacherous as this attack might strike us, however, we still want Arthur to win, and his sneakiness seems far preferable to the cruelty of earlier wars. Merlyn explains that there are many reasons why the Gaelic kings are rebelling against Arthur.