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The premise of this seies is intriguing, and raises, as it is no doubt intended to, many questions regarding the influence of religion on secular affairs. It is wrapped up in a gripping story, which avoids any sermonising. A mixture of medieval life as it should have been (with hygiene), and advanced 'heretical' technology. There is great scope for development in the rest of the series, and enough uncertainty to keep the reader guessing.
The impact of sudden advances in technology are well described, although referencing the role of Danish gun-galleys versus the English man of war at the battle of Copenhagen might have been helpful to the author. This is a quibble, though, as the story is well-written, and carries the reader along from religion to diplomacy to war seamlessly. The main characters are fallible enough to draw us into either loving or hating them. This is the first book by this author that I have read, and I am looking forward to the next instalment impatiently.