The reader is plunged into courtly intrigue and conspiracy from the first page and, along with the main character Wynter, only gradually finds out what is going on. Although this sounds like a jumbled recipe for disaster, I can not think of a better way of engaging the reader and really making them care for the characters and what happens to them.
They are all beautifully described - from the gruff cook to the tiny, frightened page-boys. Even those who have only the tiniest of walk-on roles is real and it was this, for me, which made it into a page-turner. The plot centres around Wynter, her father and her two friends Razi and Christopher and when last page arrived I was so wrapped up in their fate that I was sorely disappointed to realise I will have to wait for the second part of the trilogy.