Moments after the Prince of Ombria dies, Domina Pearl, his ancient great-aunt, begins taking over the city and removing her adversaries from the palace. The prince’s five year old son is all that stands between Domina Pearl and the throne. The only people who can protect the young heir are his dead father’s mistress, his bastard-born cousin, and a girl made out of wax who lives beneath the city.

(My version of the book was purple, not blue. I think the purple suits it better – I really loved the cover).