Initial story line was as imaginative as Sharon Green usually is, but there is too much stereotyping - the five (six, actually, with Naran) main characters have all the qualities, physical and moral - you can tell which female character is one of the heroines because she is breathtakingly beautiful and has "these incredible violet eyes" or "lovely green eyes", and which man is one of the good guys because he looks like the dashing hero on the cover of a romance novel, and no trial or tribulation in earlier life has spoiled their innate goodness and nobility of character. The style is also contrived: the bad guys are "rigidly inflexible" (can one be rigidly flexible? or supple and inflexible?); they are also fat, ugly, spoiled and cruel. I also agree with one earlier reviewer that the mention of Srebenica in one dedication was tasteless - specially as the "nobles" in the story act exactly like the Serbs in real life. But - all this being said, I still want to know how it all ends, and hope the fifth book will be out soon (if not, I'll probably lose interest and imagine my own ending...). Dear Ms. Green, some of your earlier books were so imaginative and exciting, why did you embark on this endless, meandering tale? Please finish it up soon and give us another Lady Blade, or Terrilian, or Rebel Prince.