|“||I don’t blame you. I blame myself. I used to think I had bad luck, but my brother was right. I make bad choices.||”|
Chapter Summary Edit
King Jezal sits at court listening to ambassador after ambassador, all eager to resume good relations with The Union.1 When the audience ends, Jezal petulantly throws his trappings to the floor, and storm out. Needless to say Bayaz follows, chiding him for his behaviour; rare rages render a man frightening, common ones ridiculous.
Outside his private chambers, the King finds Bremer dan Gorst guarding his door; he is now a Knight of the Body having left Lord Brock's service.2 Jezal is surprisingly happy to see the familiar face, and quietly begs a favour from him. As short time later, a hooded figure is led into his chambers; Ardee West. Jezal finds he has to force himself not to rush to her. Ardee is cold, but she understands that she cannot be his Queen. However, when Jezal asks her to be his mistress, she becomes angry; does Jezal thinks nothing of her? Would he make her his whore? Dejected, Jezal barks for Gorst to escort her away.3
|Jezal dan Luthar||Lord Brock|
|Bayaz||Grand Duke Rogont|
|Bremer dan Gorst|
Locations and Terms Edit
|Adua||The Union||Knight of the Body||Ospria|
- Although not named, “His Resplendence, the Grand Duke of Ospria" mentioned in the chapter must be Duke Rogont who appears in Best Served Cold.
- We will learn why Gorst left Lord Brock's service in The Heroes. I like to think of him as Mike Tyson ... that high pitched voice and the sheer aggression in a fight.
- Abercrombie got some criticism for his lack of female characters in his early books, but Ardee is a lovely character. Her battered psyche of an abused woman rings true to me.