I decided to wait until I had all three books before reading this trilogy which was highly recommended by my wife. I enjoyed the Stormlord trilogy so was hopeful. . I was not disappointed: this first part of the trilogy is engaging and well-written, introducing an assortment of characters. The fantasy side of the book is original and fun while the political machinations of various parties form the basis of the plot. Really enjoyable and recommended to all lovers of Robin Hobb, Trudi Canavan, Karen Miller and, of course, Glenda Larke. Now for the second book!