another excellent installment in this series. I was a bit lost at first since it\'s been a while since I read the first two, but there were lots of reminders of the previous stories included, and it actually helped me get into Kinri\'s mind a bit more to be less informed about Dara history. I love the characters, the language, the thoughts about learning and rank and status and wealth and society, honor and disgrace, loyalty and treason... so important to think about in modern political reality as well as theoretical. I also LOVE all the geeky mechanical inventions and technology and the way the different cultures interact with history, progress, memory, social structures. What is valued and rewarded, devalued and punished, varies in a believable way and the characters act according to their \"nature\" which has just as much to do with their upbringing as their inherent personalities. so good.