Alianne, daughter of Alanna is ready to create her own legend. As the book opens, Aly, 16, longs to follow in her father’s footsteps as a spy, but her parents refuse to allow it. Annoyed, she sails off in her boat, only to be captured by pirates and sold into slavery, fortunately to kindly Duke Balitang. She meets Kyprioth, the Trickster, and strikes a bargain: if Aly keeps the Duke and his family safe for the summer, Kyprioth will return her to her family and persuade her parents to let her be a spy. (School Library Journal). There is always more than meets the eye with Kyprioth and Aly begins a journey that even she could have never dreamed. A long book with great detail still manages to read at a very quick pace. #1 in the Daughter of the Lioness series. 2003, 422 pages.