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Rustam Chalice, hedonist, dance tutor, gigolo and spy, loves his life just the way it is, so when the kingdom he serves is threatened from within, he leaps into action. Only trouble is, the spy master, Prince Hal, teams him up with an untouchable aristocratic assassin who despises him.
And to make matters worse, she’s the most beautiful woman in the Five Kingdoms.
To track the would-be usurper, Rustam and Lady Risada join the prince’s daughter as part of her party on the social circuit, travelling to the fests thrown by each of the great houses. In the secret dungeons beneath one mansion they make a shocking discovery: an elf, a member of a species believed long vanished from the kingdom in the wake of a devastating war between the races.
Too late, the spies discover they are behind enemy lines. Their only viable escape route is to cross the mountains to another kingdom, and they are forced to leave the princess behind, hoping that her position will offer her some protection, even if only as a hostage. Taking the sickly elf with them as a political pawn, the mismatched pair struggle to keep him alive while surviving deadly wildlife, the machinations of a spiteful god - and each other.
But when the elf reveals that Rustam has magic of his own, he is forced to question his identity, his sanity and worst, his loyalty to his prince, for in Tyr-en all magic users are put to death. He must also keep the knowledge from Lady Risada, who is set on upholding the kingdom’s laws at any cost, at the same time as trying to learn enough about his burgeoning abilities to keep everyone around him safe.
As secrets pile up and old enemies must be courted for aid, the kingdom’s only hope comes finally to rest on a return journey through the beautiful, unsettling and hostile elven kingdom, where Rustam will come face to face with his goddess and make the most important choice of his life: stay, and settle down with those who accept him as he is, or embrace his magic, return to save his prince’s kingdom – and die.
Award winning novel, THE PRINCE’S MAN, has been described as ‘James Bond meets Lord of the Rings’ - a sweeping tale of spies and deadly politics, inter-species mistrust and magic phobia, with an underlying thread of romance.