It has been several months since I read this book, so it is no longer fresh in my memory, however I do know that enjoyed it. Although I am a fan of fantasy fiction, i am a frustrated fan, as most available fantasy books, particularly those published during the recent explosion of fantasy fiction, are extremely substandard, and it is necessary to wade through enormous amounts of rubbish just to find one good book. This book was a pleasant surprise, although taking place in a "standard" Medieval European setting, it manages to produce deep characterisation, a refreshing and fairly original story, something which admittedly is quite difficult in fantasy, and some real drama and tragedy. The main characters are both believable and likable, the ending although somewhat abrupt, is satisfying. Altogether a very satisfying read, and only to be expected from a writer with C.J. Cherryh's stature and experience.