King of the Dead is the second story in R.A. MacAvoy’s LENS OF THE WORLD trilogy about Nazhuret, a man who is writing his life story for his friend, the king. When we met Nazhuret at the beginning of Lens of the World, he was an ugly orphan who had been raised in a government military academy. Upon reaching his majority, he left and became an apprentice to Powl, a man who is much more than the lens grinder he pretends to be. Powl thoroughly educated Nazhuret in a multitude of subjects and disciplines. Only toward the end of that first book do we realize why Powl took an interest in an ugly orphan — he recognized Nazhuret’s unknown bloodline and realized that the orphan has an important destiny. At the end of the book, Nazhuret and Arlin (the girl he loved as a child who ran away from home and has been masquerading as a man) perform a noble deed that earns them the love and trust of their king forever.