This is a wonderful fantasy debut and once I started reading it, I found it hard to put down. The story takes right off and the alternate world will be a joy for any historical fiction fan. The story weaves magic in a very believable way and I didn't even question them since they were introduced so subtly. It really reminded me of a knights of the round table type tale. The author does a great job with the characters as well and you will find yourself cheering for the good ones! I especially liked the strong character of Bitham. I hope I don't have to wait too long for the next one since this left me hanging at the end.