I will say this though, this is some of the best writing and world-building I've come across. The political intrigue and fascinating characters rivals another long time favorite fantasy series of mine, Kushiel's Dart.
Laurent, personification of the anti-hero: I was seriously hating him for the first three chapters and now he's one of my absolute fave characters ever.Hurrah for supposedly frigid, sly, manipulative bastards.
Thank you Monique for suggesting this to me! ^-^
Off to book 2!