This was reccomended to me by someone who knows how much I like fantasy, and fantasy with good female characters. I was not disappointed. Not only was the world created here facinating because of the magic elements, but also because of alternative history status as well. It used our known past...but the twists it makes to it really lead to an interesting new world.I also loved the fact that many of the main characters are also POC. It is hard to find good fantasy with POC that are whole characters and not cutouts. I loved the they were real people with debth. But that is good...but the better thing is that their race is secondary to the fact that they are good characters.This was very well told and I look forward to the next. Downside....cliffhangers.