Later in the book, Maree is 'stripped', or half of her killed, by her Aunt Janine and the sorcerer Gramos?. Rupert and his brothers send Maree and her cousin Nick on a dangerous journey to Babylon to cure her.
Maree Mallory is the daughter of the Emperor of the [Koryfonic Empire]? and an heir to the throne. Her cousin Nick Mallory is another heir, and is actually her half-brother. His real name is Nicothodes. Ted Mallory, therefore, is really Nick's stepfather.