Hidden Warrior, by Lynn Flewelling (one of my favorite fantasy authors), takes readers back into the magical world of Prince Tobin, Skala and the prophecy of a warrior queen. An engaging tale of sorcery, murder and treason.
Prince Tobin has a secret even he doesn't know. He's not really a boy.
Tobin's uncle, King Erius usurped the throne from the rightful queen and murdered any potential female rival.
In order to save Tobin from the same fate, the oracle told the wizard, Iya, that she must perform a horrendous task: she must murder Tobin's newborn twin brother in order to disguise her as a boy until the time comes for her to take her rightful place as queen of Skala.The change is made and Tobin must live a life of lies. To make matters worse, she's falling in love with her best friend and squire, Ki, but she can't tell him or anyone else the truth.
The king hasn't stopped looking for rivals real or imagined since Tobin's birth. With the wizard Niryn corrupting his mind and organizing a systematic destruction of the free wizards of Skala the country is slipping even deeper into chaos. Using the country's internal problems to their advantage, the Plenimar army attacks.
The only way for Tobin to save her country is to somehow find the courage to stand against King Erius and reveal her true identity. If she breaks the spell, Brother's vengeful ghost will be set free and Ki will know that she's not the boy he grew up with. If she fails, Skala will fall.
This isn't a new book, but a reread. One of my favorite dark fantasy books. Like the first time I read it I couldn't put it down. It comes in three parts. It starts with Bone Doll Twin, very chilling! It made my skin crawl. Hidden Warrior, where many unanswered questions in the first book comes to a conclusion in this second part, and the third part Oracle Queen Tobin, who has become Tamir, comes to accepting and finding herself as a woman and a Queen. And saving her land from their enemy.