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Because I’m not entirely cruel, instead of a single word, the following is an excerpt from the first chapter. After Kara is forbidden to leave the palace after another disastrous incident involving flowers, a horse and an overactive lady, she and her cousin Tiemil sneak out of the palace, accompanied by Kara’s nervous maid, Lyea.
Rotten fish was the primary stench that assaulted the trio as they emerged, blinking, into an anonymous alleyway. Still, it was a marked improvement on the tunnels which had smelt undeniably of human waste.
‘I hope you have a better way of getting back in because I am not going through there again.’
‘Of course I have, Kara. So little faith.’
‘Use the front gate.’
‘Are you mad?’ Lyea demanded before adding a hasty, ‘my lord.’
Tiemil laughed, ‘Has the king forbidden you from entering the palace?’
‘No.’ Kara replied, puzzled.
‘So he won’t mind if we do so.’