2020’s Return of the Thief is the sixth and final volume in Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series.
Born lame and mute, by custom Pheris should have been exposed or smothered at birth. His mother spares him, a ploy to spite his grasping, malevolent grandfather Baron Erondites. The powerful baron has a misshapen grandson and heir, ha ha ha! The baron has good reason to have him killed. Pheris survives only because he seems completely meek and inoffensive. But he has a secret: he’s actually extremely intelligent and adept at manipulating others. His doting nurse coaches him in concealment.
Eventually Pheris is sent off to serve at court, as is customary for aristocratic heirs. He becomes an attendant to High King Eugenides.
There’s little doubt that the baron will have his disgraceful grandson murdered once Pheris has served his purpose . Death may come at any moment … until then, Pheris is experiencing court life at an interesting moment in history of the Peninsula.