The author adds some wonderful new characters to her story. It is very complex and thoughtful and breaks with the need to have everything come out perfectly tidy. This one also goes very scanty on the sex so that's a plus for me.
I LOVE this book. I love the story and the characters. I have "read" it 3 times already. Romance is kept to a minimum and is quite chaste in it's wanderings. If you like Lois McMaster Bujold you should love this story.
I love this author's stories and this on is no exception. So far in my fantasy quest I've read nothing like it. Men might find it a bit sentamental but as a married woman I was reminded of my courtship time. Although a bit explicit, it was a refreshing jogging of memory as well as being a well-spun tale with colorful characters.
This is a continuation of the sharing knife story line, not just "another episode". As usual there isn't a ton of action but rather very colorful characters, some you like and some you very much do not.
Overall I am pleased with the story. My one complaint is that there is one scene that is a bit over-explicit but it is quite short.
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