I'd read the Fionavar Tapestry books many years ago so when I saw this book I recognised the name of the author as one whose books I had enjoyed before. I wasn't disappointed! As some other reviewers have pointed out - this book leans more towards historical fiction rather than fantasy, but there are sprinklings of the spirit world. It's beautifully written and I found it very absorbing. I was very much captured by the characters and the world they lived in - a world of heroes, emperors, love, war, honour and intrigue. Tai was a believable hero - I both admired him and identified with his struggles. A fascinating and enjoyable read - the kind of book that I both desparately want to read more of, yet at the same time mourn when it ends.