Queen Oliander's heathen brother stole a doll from the crown prince that contained his soul. Exiled knight Torsten swore to recover it, but needed a thief to help. Fortunately, a thief had just been caught attempting to steal from the rivals. Not a great thief, but he'd do. The adventure begins. Not my normal fare for reading, but I gave it a try. The characters were capable and worked the storyline like a duty. The plot was thin, but bore up under the weight of the characters' heavy footsteps. I plodded through and finished this start of a series, but won't likely continue the series. Like I said, it just ain't my cup of tea. A good attempt for someone who likes pure fantasy.