3.5 stars.As this book is essentially three novellas, I'll review them as such.The first story, "Revenge", truly shines. The main character, who has been wronged in the past, enacts a chilling vengeance. I don't even want to go into it using spoiler tags as I really think you should read this story. It's mesmerizing.The second, "An Adventure of Don Juan", does not live up to the first story, but it certainly is memorable. What I enjoyed about this story was that it didn't attempt to portray Don Juan as a mere lothario; Millhauser emphasizes that he sometimes takes women by force, so he's clearly not a sympathetic hero. What Millhauser does is masterful, however; he does in fact render sympathy for Don Juan as the story progresses. Again, I don't even want to use spoiler tags as this story merits a read, but Don Juan's moments of stunning clarity, seeing himself as "nothing but a third-rate actor in a provincial troupe travelling from small town to small town" provoke a certain empathy. The ending wasn't a terrible surprise, but Millhauser crafts it well, using powerful imagery and an excellent metaphor of a dark house with the furniture rearranged, rendering it a maze.The titular story of "The King in the Tree" can be summed up by one line in by the storyteller, Thomas of Cornwall: "It is not good to pity one's king." While it's an intriguing premise of a King who suspects an affair between his Queen and his nephew, whom he loves as a son, it tends to drag and by the middle of the story, it's almost tedious. Still, it's written well, with some interesting metaphors and twists within.Millhauser does a beautiful job of crafting beautiful imagery and arresting prose. You'd do well to read this book, and his other works.