I've been waiting for this author to start a new series and it was well worth the wait. It's amazing how far Michael has come from The Blacksmith's Son. I think that this book puts Michael G Manning up there with the very best authors. So this novel is a serious fantasy and is extremely well thought out. The magic mechanics are well explained and are brilliant. The characters are alive and unique. The decisions that they make are logical and realistic and even clever. Honestly I couldn't find fault with this novel. Cant wait for the next.