* Prefacing this with: anything Eugenides does, ever.
* Gen taking on the [[spoiler: whole Queen's Guard]] and ''winning''. [[spoiler:Even when one of them turned out to be trying to kill him]], he hardly thought of him as a threat at all!
* The following exchange. And even better is the attendants' reactions.
-->'''Attolia:'''[[spoiler: Ninety-eight days. You said it would take six months.]]
-->'''Euginides:'''[[spoiler: I like to give myself a margin when I can.]]
* The entire first book is revealed as one for Gen. Not only has he managed to retrieve [[spoiler: Hamiathes' gift]] for [[spoiler: his cousin, the Queen of Eddis]], but it's revealed that the entire book was [[spoiler: his plan to make sure Eddis wouldn't have to marry Sounis]]. Even better, it becomes clear on rereading that he has never once outright lied.