However, this was not the case. Oh yes, the pace was kind of slow, this book really appears to be a setup for later books, but it was one I couldn’t put down. I’ve read a lot of complaints on this book that people didn’t enjoy a lot of the political background and yes there are pages of that. For some reason, for me, it was enjoyable. It wasn’t a tough read, not so dense that it was work to grasp it all. Oh sure, Modesitt renamed the days (I’m still not sure if there are seven days of the week and what day corresponds to Lundi) and some other unneeded embellishments that typically make a book harder for me to enjoy, but this one just worked.
I’m looking forward to getting into the rest of the series and hope that it is as enjoyable as this first one.