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To Princess Katarina of Shathmore, her title is little more than a shield of immunity from those who would see her put to justice.Katarina spends her days in the dusty streets, terrorizing her fathers subjects. She goes in disguise, as a lad by theMoreTo Princess Katarina of Shathmore, her title is little more than a shield of immunity from those who would see her put to justice.Katarina spends her days in the dusty streets, terrorizing her fathers subjects. She goes in disguise, as a lad by the name of Tar, but every time her brawling and mischief gets her cornered, she exposes her true identity. To harm a princess would be an unthinkable offense, so Katarina gets away with everything, whether it be theft, destruction of property, or disturbing the peace. Her fathers subjects have no respite from this hellion, and they learn to loathe her.Katarina is ungracious, ill-mannered, and unladylike in every fashion. What lady breaks into a merchant ship, brandishing a sword against a crew of sailors? Only bored Katarina, who can swear and fight with the best of them.In her own words, By eight, I was sneaking out of the castle, and after several harsh reprimands from my parents and a hint and a wink from Ulrich, I learned how to disguise myself. I discovered that everyone has a trade and almost everyone is willing to teach their trade for the price of a shiny coin. I learned a little about everything from making soap and leather, to carpentry, blacksmithing, and hunting. I found the docks and learned about ships from a shipwright. I learned to pick pockets from a guttersnipe. That was about the same time I learned to run really fast.But one day, her misadventures turn grim. The King is forced to imprison her in her own room. When Katarina finds her attempts at escape thwarted, she turns to the aid of a magic ring given to her by an odd visitor. However, escape is the last thing the ring has in mind, and it takes the princess on a journey worse than any confinement. Trapped in the rings power, she is forced to witness the consequences of her actions, and she must face her own past and responsibilities. Hated by her people and imprisoned by her father, if Katarina wishes to escape, she will have to rescue herself.