This is obviously a first novel, but that doesn’t dim the fact that I find the main character fascinating. I am troubled by the choppy narrative, because I often had to go back and remind myself who was who. I did like the difficult relationship that develops between Elzith and Redtanner and wanted more of that and less of the petty intriguing of the Justices. I’m not 100% on whether I will read the next in the series “The Bright and the Dark” or not. I have it, so I probably will, merely because Welch’s second go ought to be more refined than her first.