I enjoyed the mix of characters, but had a hard time with the Captain. I wanted to give her a 'chill pill'. Her complaints were voiced a little..Show More » too frequently and she had too many emotional fits about the wrong things. I wanted her to be smarter because she was The Captain. She missed the whole pirate/trap angle which she should have caught. Otherwise, I did like the book and I will read the next one.
Sorry to rain on this book but the overwhelming glowing reviews need to be tempered with another perspective. Book 2 is a bridge to setup book 3. It i..Show More »s two short stories: a western disguised as SF and Victorian style political maneuvering. There is plenty of room for world building but most of the time is spent on angst. The male lead gets some more character building, and lots of angst. He has to be rescued twice. The conceit of of having a male princess that everyone loves is wearing thin in this installment.
Overall the series is a nice relief from violence ridden SF but moves too slowly to keep my attention. I can imagine Andre Norton smiling at this writer in encouragement but I would like to see some depth and surprises added to the SF romance trope. The writer may mature into someone to watch.