Really needs to be read as part of the series. Anywhere after the first book. As a stand alone it doesnt give you the appreciation of the events taking place. As per Ms Buroker's other books its very well crafted and an enjoyable short read. The insight into Sicarius is interesting - how much of a bad boy is he really....His loyalty and empathy for Prince Sespian is a mystery that gets explored further into the series. Multiple story and character threads and an entertaining, engaging and witty series has made me a lifelong fan of Ms Buroker's Emperor's Edge series. Shadows Over Innocence is available free on LB's website.