The Pithdai Gate
by Eric Zawadzki
Swashbuckling! Museum heists! Hot air balloons! Lake monsters!
The crown prince of Pithdai has been kidnapped, and the ransom is a trove of magical paintings.The Senserte must orchestrate a plan to make the dangerous exchange to save the prince and bring the kidnappers to justice, but this caper has a catch: the prince might not want to be rescued.