This is Book 4 (and unfortunately the last) in the series of The Mistress of the Art of Death. Diane Norman, the author, passed away. This saddens me a lot and frustrates me a little, since it is obvious from the cliff-hanger ending that another book was planned. It is 1178 and King Henry II is sending his daughter Joanne to Sicily to marry his cousin. He sends Adelia to ensure Joanne's health and keeps Adelia's nine-year old daughter in England to ensure Adelia's return. This is more twisted that the previous books. So the long journey begins which includes Knights, Dukes, Bishops, Clerks, Servants and one man that is determined to have his revenge on the Mistress of the Art of Death.