I enjoyed the humor between the characters. I cheered for the budding relationship between King Gaius and Kachka, Daughter of the Steppes. The honesty about their needs kept me reading this story. I wanted to see if they did, indeed, get together. I did feel that I needed to read some of the books that came before this story in order to understand some of the other relationships. Some things were explained as the story went along. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, but there was a lack of separation between scenes to denote the changes in speakers, places, etc. This just made it a little hard to keep things straight. Another interesting point is the role reversal between men and women in some of the cultures where the women are the strong ones and the men care and raise the children.
I had a chance to read this book through Netgalley for an honest review.