In the epic second book in the ALLIES & ASSASSINS sequence, Prince Jared is under attack from enemies on all sides...In seven days, the princedom of Archenfield will be invaded by its deadly rival - Paddenburg. Prince Jared determines to cross the borders and, in a race against time, recruit what strategic alliances he can. As the Prince and his team rides out, his cousin Axel Blaxland launches his own bid for the throne. Each member of the Council of Twelve falls prey to persuasion and manipulation as dangerous secrets and rivalries begin to emerge. Asta Peck, newest member of the Twelve, finds herself plunged into the dark heart of court politics and conspiracy. Identifying her own allies, she resolves to fight on Prince Jared's behalf until he is able to return home to defend himself. In a game of power, only the strongest will survive. Welcome back to Archenfield. Trust no-one.