This is the second book in the author's 'Tales of Empire' series. The books largely stand on their own, and, although there are a few links between them, you can read one without having read the previous one.
This episode is well written, and well thought out; it isn't the most original or surprising story, but it still kept me interested right until the end.
Unfortunately, the grammatical and spelling errors crept in again towards the end, although they weren't as bad as some self-published efforts. However, it really does spoil the overall impression.
Overall, a readable story, in an imagined world. If you haven't read anything by this author, and you like historical fiction, then I would thoroughly recommend this series, or his 'Marius Mules' series.