Finree dan Brock is the daughter of Lord Marshal Kroy, commander of the Union forces in the North. She has also made a risky marriage to Harod dan Brock, the honest and loyal son of the disgraced Lord Brock, who was stripped of all his lands and titles following his treason at the end of Last Argument of Kings.
Appearance and Personality Edit
Finree is a brown-haired and attractive young woman. She’s highly intelligent and quite charming, but can't stop herself from talking back to people when it's not appropriate. She’s also cynical, cunning, and venomously ambitious; she sees in war the opportunity to restore her husband’s fortunes, and greatly to advance her own.
Her mother died when she was very young. Her father raised her, and she grew up around army personnel. She married Harod dan Brock after his father's disgrace.
Finree joins her father and husband in the North, despite how dangerous it might be for her to be with the army. She can't help herself showing contempt some of her father’s less capable generals, especially Lord Governor Meed. Though, she befriends those people in the camp in order to advance the position of her husband, such as Aliz dan Brint, whose husband is an old friend of King Jezal.
The danger of being with the army turns out to be true, when on the second day of the battle, with Finree in Lord Governor Meed’s headquarters, there is a raid by the Northmen. Stranger-Come-Knocking and his men slaughter most of the men, including the Lord Governor himself, and take Finree and Aliz captive.
In captivity, Black Dow demands Finree be released to him, which Stranger-Come-Knocking takes as an insult; he wants the women to give him children, and Finree has shown more bones than Aliz. She bravely negotiates her own release and that of a number of other prisoners, in return for carrying a peace offer to her father, Lord Marshal Kroy. She also demands Aliz be released, but Dow refuses, knowing Stranger-Come-Knocking would not allow it.
|“||Sharp is good, but you don’t want to get so sharp you cut your own throat.||”|
–Black Dow to Finree
She delivers Dow’s peace proposal to her father, but Bayaz insists on continuing fighting when he learns that the Gurkish agent Ishri is helping Dow. Unable to sleep before the next day’s fighting, she finds Bayaz, and tries to persuade him to give the now vacant Lord Governor of Angland role to her husband. He doesn’t give her an answer, but he seems quite impressed with Finree.
After the slaughter of the third day of the battle, Kroy decides that he cannot countenance another attack, and sues for peace; despite Bayaz’ anger. However, peace does not arrive in time to prevent a huge explosion happening in Osrung; Ishri’s “surprise”. Her husband Harod is injured in the explosion but not badly.
After her father “resigns” as Lord Marshall, Finree angrily confronts Bayaz. But Bayaz, tells her that her husband is to be named the new Lord Governor of Angland. Discovering the price of her ambition knocks some of the wind out of her sails, but whilst she pauses to reflect, she can’t escape her ambitious impulses.
Bremer dan Gorst has been secretly in love with Finree for years. In the end, when he finally tells her, it goes disastrously, and she tells him why he was disgraced:
|“||I heard when they came for the king you were passed out drunk with a whore. I heard it was not the first time you had disgraced yourself, and that the king had forgiven you before, and that the Closed Council would not let him do it again.||”|
–Finree to Bremer dan Gorst