As someone who mainly reads fantasy and historical fiction/ romance...this was the perfect combination. I liked the mixture of the two worlds and they blended quite well. The magic was pretty well explained...but a bit confusing at times. It would have been nice to learn a bit more of how it all worked....but I always want more when it comes to magic and how it works. The underlying story and romance helped move things along and provided a bit of drama and danger...though I found the romance a bit rushed in the end. I like more build up to the romance and dont like it tied up too quickly. But all in all a good read and i just might pick up the next one.