"Do we have to go, Papa? I couldn't feast with the most crooked politician in all of Briznom."
As the daughter of a Briznomian vassal lord, Vannie Cumberland has spent her childhood immersed in the world of politics. Relations between Briznom and the neighboring country of Calhortz are strained due to the tyrannical rule of the strytes. A proposed alliance could calm relations between the two countries, but would come at the cost of Briznom's freedom.
When her father's political archenemy invites them to the Autumn Feast, Vannie uncovers an evil scheme endangering the life of someone close to her. Personal enmity comes to a dangerous head as Vannie struggles to expose the corruption and stop the alliance. Time is running out.
Events are becoming too big for her to handle. Will Sir Roland's son help or will things finally spiral out of control?
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Espionage is a sweet novella companion to the Time Captives series by the same author, Morgan Elizabeth Huneke. Miss Savanna Grace Cumberland is the 9 yr. old daughter of a vassal lord of a small, inland vassalage. Vannie, as she is called, is a bright intelligent girl although a bit outspoken at times, most times actually. Her mother and Nanny despair of her ever becoming ladylike. However she is well loved by all of them. Her father even allows and encourages Vannie in her interest of archery and hunting along with her desire to understand polices and attended the lords’ council meetings. None of that however keeps her from disliking the visits of her second cousin Kermit, who she was betrothed to as an infant. When her family receives an invitation from Lord Roland to visit him at his Castle during the Autumn Feast, Vannie loudly protests. “Do we have to go Papa? I couldn’t feast with the most crooked politician in all of Briznom.” Sir Roland has never seen eye to eye with her father and is heatedly on the opposite sides of the Calhortan Controversy. Sir Roland believes that Briznom should become allies with the strytes in Calhortz to get protection from the privateers that keep ravaging the costal vassalages like his own. Vannie’s father, Lord Cumberland believes that allying Briznom with the strytes would be a disaster. The strytes are a race not to be trusted. They had invaded Calhortz and all but wiped out the other races that had been living there. No, the strytes were not to be trusted, but the lords were equally divided on the issue. Vannie has a bad feeling about going to Roland Castle. So, when she thinks she sees a stryte one night at the castle, her imagination runs wild. Are her fears justified or just the products of her own imagination? I must say that Vannie’s character really grew on my throughout the progression of the novella. Although I’m a few years above the intended reader’s age group, I did find myself cheering Vannie on. I loved the astonishment of Vannie when she discovered that Kyle, Lord Roland’s son, was a gentleman! The two go through a lot together and I enjoyed seeing their friendship grow. Overall, Espionage was a fun, quick read that introduced me to a new author that I look forward to reading more by.