Halfdan and Winston the Illuminator are given a job by King Cnut to seek out any ill feelings in the North. On their way North, a monk is murdered and his hand is severed while praying after a heated argument between the two sects of monks. The murder case is assigned to Winston and Halfdan, who quickly realize the case is not as simple as they thought.
This is the second book in the King's Hound series and its a bit slower paced, but still very good. This mystery took me a bit longer to solve out that the first. The politics and history blend seamlessly in his whodunit mystery. I enjoyed watching Halfdan grow and I really grew to love Alfilda.