This is a rewrite of her first novel Masques, PB was in her early twenties at the time, & in the introduction she is quite candid at how bad her first published edition was. She wanted to put that right & fifteen novels & twenty years later she has. More has been added in the beginning, none of the original pieces have been taken out, just reworked & she even says she's left some of the cliche's & oddities of the original book, it's an expanded version of the original works, just written so much better.
Our protagonist is called Aralon - a rare green wild magic user, mercenary, beautiful, confidant, kind & moral with a spine of steel. She's sent to spy on the powerful Geoffrey ae'Mage who is meant to be above reproach, but is misusing his power to steal magic & plump up his own power base. His machinisations are dark & bloody, which belies the beauty of his face.
There's political intrigue, a magi wolf (who is he?). Aralon must gather intelligence & join a rebellion against the ae'Mage as he is spreading like a cancer throughout her world, can she see through the powerful illusions. Aralon wants to unravel the puzzle that is wolf, there is romantic threads throughout but mainly a political sometimes brutal fantasy fiction.
Enjoyed this rewrite very much. I think Patricia Briggs has put this embarrassing thorn in her side to bed, & can hold her head up high.
The next book in the series is Wolfsbane (Aralorn)
P.S because of the Amazon cross referencing of reviews this review is not for the 1993 Masques
edition but for Masques