This is a really great book! Cant wait to read the next book When Gods Die. I was throughly impressed with the characters Sebastion and Tom the urchin! The plot was complex and intriguing but there were also some humor in it that was mixed in nicely. Must read if you enjoy the time period. I didnt feel lost at all with the historical aspects. They were easy to follow whereas some historical books are much harder to understand if you dont know the time period. Not so with C.S. Harris! Great 1st in series!!