I ordered this book, along with the two next in the series, because I came across a reverent admirer online, who seemed to also like a lot of authors I prefer.
After reading it, I'm sad to say that as of now, Katherine Kurtz won't join my list of favourites. Maybe it gets better in later volumes, but so far, I don't care about these characters. To tell you the truth, I'm rather annoyed at them, out of principle, since they don't seem to be taking themselves seriously.
Take Morgan, the closest thing to a main protagonist: he alternates between being the reasonable statesman and a grinning, fun-loving child without warning and at the most inopportune moments, imo.
I am going to read the next one (I'm already 30 pages in), but I'm definitely in no hury to finish, and at the moment, it looks like I'll be selling them again very soon. On the basis of this book, I would not recommend reading Kurtz