Life hasn’t been easy for Aeley since she arrested her brother, and her role as a political leader leaves her feeling isolated and lonely. Days before her brother’s trial, she meets Lira, a quiet and modest scribe who makes Aeley want more than just a professional relationship.
When she attends the trial and leaves with a marriage contract, Aeley doesn’t know what to do. She must choose one of two brothers, marrying into a family she doesn’t know. Then she discovers that Lira is part of the same family–a sister to Aeley’s suitors and the family’s disgrace. And not at all opposed to an intimate relationship.
Aeley’s father dies and she is appointed as Leader. Because of her brother’s misdeeds, she is forced by the court to marry someone not of her choosing to save him. When she meets her potential spouse, she realizes that his sister is the one of her fantasies and that being married into that family won’t be such a bad thing. But, Lira is a disgrace to her family and they are embarrassed by her and her actions.
A Question of Counsel was not what I expected, but it did leave me wanting to know more about the backstory and what will happen in the future. Aeley and Lira are both so different, yet complement each other well. The suspenseful part of the story and kidnapping had me on the edge of my seat and wanting to know what was going to happen right away. It was well written with the two very strong women who stand up for themselves and don’t cower to anyone unless those they love are in danger. There are a few details that left me confused, but overall it was a good story with strong heroines and a well-built world.