I enjoyed this. Ann is a good writer, so it is enjoyable to know the author cares enough to use good grammar and a spell-checker. Interesting characters, very well formed, and a good plot. I really liked the world they inhabit, Ann has done a good job of building a culture and a reason for that culture in her world. If you like this, look for her free "A Walk in Darkness", an alternate Dek and Ren story. Written a while after this, it shows more maturity in handling of the characters and their complexities. I'll be reading more of hers. If you like a well-crafterd, interesting story then this is it.