I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ms. Buroker knows how to create female heroines who are strong and clever, and strong, clever men who can appreciate that type of woman. While Sicarius is a fascinating character, and we learn a great deal more about him in the "Emporer's Edge" series, Rias is equally fascinating and I hope he too may be featured again in one of her upcoming books. I would be very interested to see what has happened to him, and to Tikaya as well over the intervening twenty or so years. I recommend this book to anyone who likes good action and great characters.