So i picked this up at Eastercon in April, and only got around to it on Tuesday night. I read a short bit before i had to stop, for many reasons. I was hooked enough to know that if i went much further, i wouldn’t stop till i was done.
Last night though i powered through the entire book, and i can only say that it is a brilliant book.
The story is revealed through the point of view two main characters, and one sidekick.
The two main characters are a man who is not a noble, but who is able to move with people of the noble class because of his background, and a girl who has spent the last five years hiding out as a man, working in the theater, and seems to have a mechanical mind set. The sidekick is a good friend of the male main character, and is often used to show viewpoints that neither of the main show.
The story is set in an alternate history version of Elizabethan England. When the Europeans arrived in the New World, they found a race of people called Skrayling. These people have been trading with Europe since. The Skrayling are allied with the English, and for the first time have decided to send an ambassador to the court.
While the plot revolves around the arrival of this ambassador, not all of the events in the book are directly tied to the plot. Sometimes events happen as a result of the actions of the characters, that does not directly serve the plot, but are the consequences of actions by various actors. This adds to the general realism of the story.
There is a lot going on in this book, and i am not going to go into them, as i would not do them justice. All i can say is that I will be on the look out for the sequel to this book.