This book is a fine adventure story with great story elements. My hope is that DA Boulter continues to be encouraged and continues to write. He has a terrific grasp of situational plot elements that build powerful stories. If you read the sample, you can get an immediate and accurate sense of whether you will enjoy this book. While some people may anticipate the plot developments, the story is not predictable and DA Boulter put in many thoughtful elements in the backstory of a political war novel with romance among the lead characters. The characters are strong, conflicted, and true to their descriptions as they develop. As an author, DA Boulter is clearly improving. His other works, the Steadfasting The Steadfasting and Courtesan Courtesan are also very good. If DA Boulter continues to write, he will become a very popular and well known author.
The small flaws in this book are very minor and result from the challenges of self-editing. As a reader, I really appreciate it when the sample gives you enough to really understand if you want to buy the book. I recommend this book with 4 stars and if you like the sample, I'm sure you will want the book and any sequels the author may write.