I honestly expected a little bit more after The Salt Road which was amazing. I guess I got spoiled in the process. The best thing about this book is how vividly and realistic Jane describes the historical setting, scenery, life and death, rape, harem, plague... You are drawn and you feel as though you are living the story. This is her greatest asset. Few things bothered me but nothing as much to ruin the pleasure of reading it. She could have made more contact / more encounters between Alys and Nus-Nus. It seems they fell in love just by looking at each other. I didn't feel that kind of a close connection. But other than that, I loved it.