It's Good to Be the King.
They say that everyone has a twin somewhere and when Otto of Schlepsig sees the picture of Prince Halim Eddin, he realizes that he's not only found his twin, but his ticket out of the third rate circus run by Dooger and Cark. Instead of performing on a tightrope for the marks, he’s taking his act to Shqiperi, where the Prince has been invited to become their new king, a role that Otto is more than happy to assume himself.
And so, Otto and his companion, the sword-swallowing Max of Witte, leave the circus in search of the royal treasury...and royal harem...of Shqiperi. But after traversing dangerous seas and facing incompetents, monsters, and pirates, they now face their most dangerous challenge — the suspicions of Otto's new subjects.
Shqiperi bargained for Halim Eddin, raised in a royal household, to be their ruler. But when Otto, a rogue with very specific ideas about the duties of a king, arrives in his place, they get something that they never bargained for. If rank has its privileges, Otto intends to enjoy all of them.
Every Inch a King is a humorous fantasy filled with feats of derring-do, wondrous magic, and beautiful maide... well, beautiful women. Otto and Max find that they have entered a royal world that is truly fantastic.
And perhaps most fantastic of all, it is based on a true story.
Harry Turtledove is the author of more than seven dozen novels, exploring the worlds of alternate history, science fiction and fantasy. He won the Hugo Award for the novella "Down in the Bottomlands" and is twice the winner of the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, for How Few Remain and Ruled Britannia. He won the Golden Duck award for his alternate history novel Gunpowder Empire. In the Worldwar and Colonization series, he examined the results of an alien invasion at the height of World War II. How Few Remain started him on a massive series which traced the history of a North America divided between Canada, the US and the Confederacy over the next eighty years. He is married to novelist Laura Frankos. They have three daughters: Alison, Rachel, and Rebecca. The Harry Turtledove Web site is at http://www.sfsite.com/~silverag/turtledove.html.
Bob Eggleton has won the Hugo Award for Best Artist eight times. His artwork has been featured on the covers of books from every major science fiction and fantasy publisher. With John Grant, he created Dragonhedge. Eggleton's books also include Alien Horizons, Greetings from Earth, and The Book of Sea Monsters. Eggleton was the Artist Guest of Honor at Chicon 2000, the 58th World Science Fiction Convention.
ISFiC Press; First Edition (2005).