In Fillory, Eliot and Margo try to figure out how to win a war with their soldiers quitting in protest and the wellspring causing magic brownouts. The answer: Eliot decides to face off with the Lorian King, monarch to monarch.
After announcing that he'd face off with the King of Loria, Eliot quickly realizes he's never HELD a sword, and sword magic can take months to learn. Enter Fen, with the gift of a magic sword that comes with its own handy spell to make the wielder of the blade a master swordsman.
Instead of killing the senator, Kady and Julia kidnap him and bring him back to Brakebills in order to figure out what to do next. After Julia threatens the senator’s life (again), Penny warns Kady that Julia is starting to act straight-up psychotic.
The time has come for Eliot to duel with the King of Loria and the pressure is on. If he loses, not only will he be dead, but most of his Fillorian buddies could be executed or imprisoned as well. Eliot turns to Margo for some encouragement…
The battle is on! The sword’s spell is doing a bang-up job and Eliot is kicking some royal ass… until there is another brown out and the magic stops working. Luckily, Eliot is able to escape before the King can finish him off.
In order to fix the wellspring of magic and stop the magic brown outs, Margo takes a meeting with the ambassador to the fairy who can do all that! HUZZAH! In exchange, all they ask for is King Eliot’s first born child, which Margo agrees to… Wait, WHAT?!
While Margo is giving away his first born to save magic, Eliot (from the relative safety of a tree) gets to know King Idri. Turns out, they both might be feeling the same kind of… sexual frustration. (They both like dudes… if that wasn’t clear.)
Turns out Niffin Alice and Shadeless Julia are definitely up to no good. Julia essentially sacrifices Quentin to Reynard in an attempt to get Alice released and on the job of killing Reynard. Quentin, however, refuses to set Alice free.
Peace has been restored to Fillory! AND no one had to die! Instead of killing each other, King Eliot and King Idri are going to get married because it turns out in Fillorian law, a king can have a husband AND a wife.
Unable to box her up for all eternity because of feelings, and not wanting to kill them both by holding her in, Quentin decides to trust that Niffin Alice doesn’t want to hurt anyone and lets her go. And just like that, she sails into the air, leaving Quentin no hope of seeing the real Alice ever again.