After reading “real books” for a while, it was nice to get back to some high fantasy. Greg Keyes is one of my favorite new authors (new being a relative term) and this book was pretty good. But towards the end he fell into a trap that I feel a lot of fantasy hacks fall into, the fantasy world as amalgam of all European cultures. So our Middle Ages/Chivalry style heroine travels “weeks” or something and arrives in a Renaissance/Italo-French rapier society. That made me come up for air and examine the construct of his fantasy world, and that is never good. I have to be able to believe, to really get into it. That said, it was still a pretty good read (and fast) and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.