An excellent follow on from the Fallen Blade. Top quality fantasy that is full of subtlety and intrigue.
It concerns the recently widowed Lady Giulietta, who has the German and Byzantine empires wanting their preferred suitors to marry her and control Venice. The fly in the ointment is Tycho, a lethal assassin, but afraid of the day, who detests the city, but starts to love Lady Giulietta with a blind passion.
The climax of the book is a battle between the German and Byzantine empires with Tycho making a bond and eliminating one of the suitors.
Cannot wait for the final book.