The five cousins are still trapped in the Secret Country, and must play their parts. When the King is poisoned, Ted - Prince Edward - must take the throne, even though he has no idea how to rule a country, battle magic, or inspire followers. Soon enough he will have to do all three because the Country is on the verge of war with the treacherous Dragon King.
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Release date: 1986
Pamela Dean (Pamela Dean Dyer-Bennet, born 1953) is an American fantasy author.