This book and the preceding The Queen's Wings (Emerging Queens) were exceptional entertainment. It dragged a few times but overall it was funny, passionate, and just a great story.
I hope there will be more of these books because I read them both in less than 36 hours in marathon reading sessions between things interupting me.
I laughed a lot and this line makes it into my Insult Hall of Fame (talking to a bimbo in her office) "You and every other gold digger without a gag reflex". Took me a minute to get it and I almost lost it :)
Bottom Line: These two books make a very long and exceptionally entertaining story that I laughed at while in the background a very serious plot took place. The author played the two off perfectly in both books and I cannot wait to get the next one. Highly Recommended because even though I suppose they qualify as light reading I cannot think of anything I did not like about them enough to subtract a whole star but since I can't really feel right about giving them the same 5 Star rating I have given to some truly outstanding works I am going to say 4 Stars for this book but 5 Stars for the two books combined.