A sequel to the Farseer Trilogy, this is set fifteen years later. Fitz has a new identity as Tom Badgerlock and has carved out a life for himself. However his retirement can't last and he's called on to help the Farseer dynasty again. This time it's the next generation and he's gone missing, if he's dead it's Fitz's daugher who's next in line. There's also people hunting the "witted" and Fitz has to try to keep from being killed. I liked to see how the characters had developed and how people who had moved along over time. How the politics had changed.