About another scene from the book:
Most evenings are beautiful in Shakko Dar, especially when the moon is low in the sky and its light shimmers on the lake. Even though the terrace at the summer palace is the perfect place to enjoy it, Devin stares across the water, too angry to notice. Avri’s sudden appearance startles him, interrupts his brooding.
How had this loathsome man gotten past all his guards? And why didn’t they come when he called for them?
He is irritated by Avri’s presence here and stubbornly challenges his warning. It is probably the clearest, most direct contrast between good and evil in the book … a message of love confronting cruel self-determination.