Solid opener, so much going on it must be hard for non book readers to really follow.
I had no problem following things. They are juggling a lot of balls, though. Be interesting to see if they can keep them all in the air.
I am curious about one thing that I wonder if it was addressed in the book. It doesn't matter, really, just morbid curiosity on my part. Who the Hell would have had the guts to tell the insane boy king this "rumor" about his real parentage? The insane boy king seems like the type to kill the messenger, you know what I mean? So who rolls up to him all like "Tee hee, guess what I just heard about you? Tee hee, tee hee, LOL." Who does that? Okay, they wouldn't be giggling but when you give news like that, your tone of voice and expression had better be perfect or he'll overreact. He might anyway. And it had to be someone telling him, because that's the only way you got information back then. Unless it was a raven or something from some mofo safely 1,000 miles away.