This book follows the Lord Protector's Daughter of the Corean Chronicles. The weight of the crown is clearly illustrated in this book. Mykella finds she is a true descendent of Michael the Great.
Once again I will admit to being a major Modesitt fan. He does a great job on a series but allows each book to come to a reasonable conclusion and thusly stand alone. I have also mentioned in other reviews how fond I am of strong female protagonists. Sci-fi and fantasy have seemed to have had a male centric leaning for years and that would possibly explain why more males than females seem to be fans. I think that strong female roles will encourage not only superior social development for girls, it will attract more readers. Perhaps sci-fi and fantasy authors can help stamp out misogyny.
Regardless of the satisfying social implications, the book has a great story line that ties in beautifully with the rest of the series. Greed and narcissistic characters are shown for what they are and Modesitt once again offers his take on socio-economics.
The common thread, as I stated in previous Modesitt reviews is the lone soul fighting for self identity in a harsh world. Modesitt makes social commentary entertaining as well as illuminating.
I highly recommend.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.