Very good sword and sorcery, fall of crowns, political intrigue, action book. It's the first book written by the outstanding Martha Wells, who has now of course written the excellent Books of the Raksura. It is set in the kingdom of Ile-Rein and is followed by The Death of the Necromancer. These two books are stand alone. They are then followed by a series under the heading The Fall of Ile-Rein. I have now ordered all of these after reading The Element of Fire. I've already read all of her Books of the Raksura series and the add-ons. I'm just waiting for her new one in that series to be published this year. An excellent author.