This is the second novel in her Curse Of Chalion series.
Didn't quite connect that well with the lead character of this one, Ista, as compared to the first one, The Curse of Chalion.
Intense, IMHO, is the best way to describe this book. It sucks you in and doesn't let you go.
I'm of two minds about reading the concluding book of the trilogy though. Thoughts?