Sword of Slaughter finds us at an exciting cliffhanger following the end of Book 2 – have Vandhiyathevan and Arulmozhi Varmar truly been saved? What of their fate in the land of their birth, Chozha Nadu? Are the Pazhuvettarayars truly stirring the country in a revolt against their favourite prince? Why does the alluring Nandhini Devi insist on meeting allies within crumbling palaces? Why does Madhuranthaka Thevar ride his stumbling horse through fields, on a rainy night? And why does Vanathi, that shrinking, timid violet, leave her charming mentor to go on a solitary journey?
Then, there are our old and trusted friends, whose fates are also unclear: is Sundara Chozhar still bedridden? What of the canny Anbil Aniruddhar and his cunning disciple, Azhwarkkadiyaan? And what of the light of the Chozhas, Princess Kundhavai herself? Read on, to find out.