Julianne is now married twice, Anton is free of the Daughter but finds himself missing it terribly, and all of the cast are building up to a battle royal. It's a complicated world with complicated twists and turns and layered politics. It's good but somehow I felt somewhat relieved to be finished. While I felt more of a connection to both of the female characters they really didn't fell like they were distinct enough as people to stand out, often I found myself wondering which one the author was referring to by "she". Still, it's an interesting, multi-layered story that's set in a sligtly different world, in a Middle East both like and unlike our own in the Middle Ages and with a huge cast of characters.