What a beautiful book. Well-thought out,original world and an inherently consistent, plausible court drama. But what got to me most of all were the characters and their interactions. Just beautiful.No on-page sex for those who must know such things, but this didn't take away from the love story. Lots of humor,witty banter and word games, which I love.The supporting characters were an original mix of popular fantasy figures (magician,wise woman,thief,warrior) and the staffing for regency novels- not clicheed, but familiar in a comfortable way. A reread and warmly recommended.