"Corlath’s father had been a notorious lover of women; unsuspected half-brothers and half-sisters of the present king still turned up occasionally, which kept the subject in everyone’s mind. Corlath sometimes thought that his own policy of discretion in such matters only made his people nervous because they didn’t know what was going on—or if anything was."
The Blue Sword - Robin McKinley

The Blue Sword - Damar 02 by Robin McKinley

 

I'm having a blast with this. I didn't expect it to be this gripping while staying oddly unassuming. Till I got to Corlath, of course *grins*