The Moldavian Guest
'We are a peaceful land, secure and content, unburdened by dangerous foreign ambitions'.
Exiled at his cousin's palace, Ladislav must occupy himself in the dull nation of Moldova, with its lack of a proper army and the obsession of its citizens with idle pleasure and personal appearance.
Assassination, murder and civil war bubble beneath the surface, erupting as Ladislav provides the iron fist of law - and takes the soft hand of a wife.
Old friends become new allies - and the oldest of friends become the most viperous of enemies.