Calumny Spinks (I love his name!) is one of the most loveable characters you’ll ever meet. He’s somewhat shy and childish, but has great wit and humor at the same time. He has recogniseable emotions, hopes and dreams, which makes you feel for him. I think The Bitter Trade is, besides being a really enjoyable read, a good account of what more or less happened during this revolution and why the guildsmen and certain important people wanted the king gone and how this actually happened. Alexander also speaks of this at the end of the book, which gives the book in my opinion more value than just a nice story would.