I enjoyed this book very much. It is a story of adventure and romance in a background of a mix of stemapunk and fantasy (with a little bit of Sci-Fi). However, the main strength of the book is Tikaya, the heroine, which is a very interesting character. My only complaint is that she is too much like a young contemporary university researcher: what is she doing in this sort of universe?. But maybe that is just what makes her so believeable and likeable. In summary, a great book, and not the last one I will read by Lindsay Buroker.