Pros: Fascinating world and plotting
Cons: Some of the characters (particularly the females) were a bit flat
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
“Nessantico is a city rich with place and presence, with culture and intrigue. It is the capital of a vast empire and the main seat of the Concenzia faith. It is here that the mighty play their games of power. But now both the Faith and the empire stand balanced at a crucial turning point, for it is the fiftieth anniversary of Kraljica Marguerite ca’Ludovici’s reign and her long-awaited Jubilee Celebration may well prove the perfect catalyst for chaos and conflict.”
The battle lines are familiar ones: an iron-fisted passing ruler who has managed to maintain peace for long years. An heir who is tired of waiting for his throne, eager to prove himself by expanding his holdings. A faith divided by those who preach tolerance and those who would see heretics tortured and killed. Politics, force of arms, and faith are inextricably intertwined—and split down the middle between two sides.