Any interesting scheme will have more than a single motivation.
Were they pawns in the power games of gods or players in a no-spells-barred contest between mortals and masters?
I not with sole purpose furniture to arrange," said the mutterer.
A third being, this one human, had been sitting at the table in question trying desperately to remain engrossed in deciphering a letter. This being looked up from the heap of netted books which had just entombed said letter to a depth precluding immediate recovery. "What was that, Haddo?" he said, with an air of resigned disorientation.
"The matter on which Master Haddo was commenting," said the green-skinned one, stretching out his kinked arms, "was that of the purely menial activities to which our employment with you has led us of late."
"Plainly can speak for myself I," Haddo croaked. "Intercessor for need nil is." The hood swiveled to peer accusingly upward, revealing a continued expanse of fuliginous black broken only by two glowing orange sparks at around the right position for eyes. "Speaks yet Wroclaw truth."
"Oh, come on now," said the man at the table. "You know the situation. You know I'm not real fond of
The story continues! Spell of Intrigue is the second book in the Brenner's "Dance of the Gods" series. This novel ties up some loose ends left from the first novel (Spell of Catastrophe -- also available for download at manybooks.net). It also create lots of new unraveled ends, which we can assume will be taken care of in the next novel, Spell of Fate.
The characters are much better developed in this one. As the title implies, the intrigue runs quite deep. Brenner is great at giving you just enough information to keep you interested, but never giving it all away (even when you've read the last page.)
I highly recommend this series, so far. These books are as original as they are unconventional for the genre.