This is a great story. As a fan of longer novels, this was only the fourth short story I've read since I joined, but it was by far, the best. Loved the open-ended conclusion, the secretive tone throughout, the main character. Worth the download.
I've read this on kindle first at the start of the summer and reread it yesterday testing my friends nook. My review stands the same. It's the one I had given for it on Goodreads. Maybe it should have been a bit longer but overall a good story, with very interesting characters. A grant prologue in a way, for the sequels (two as I understand) that I've read, are on their final stages. I loved the fact that although opened-ended, this could serve as a standalone novel. But plainly it is not the whole story. Maybe a touch too violent, surprisingly romantic in its own way, with some really dubious villains, but you expect as much from a sword and sandal period novel. Superb first novel 4.5 stars easily.
PS. The Asian guy reminded me a little, of Yoda, in a less moral way.
I was frustrated when I realized it was over but then I remembered it was just a short story. Fast paced, extremely hot and did I mentioned super sexy? so much so that it almost ruined my nook as it was hungrily passed along all of my College guy friends and and two of my ever complaining 'how can you read this stuff?' girlfriends. Their eyes were glued on the screen nonetheless!