The Continent was once home to the Divinities, beings of great power. The capital city Bulikov was a place of great wonder, and the Continent controlled the world. However, Saypuri’s Kaj slew the Divinities, and Saypuri became the great nation. Now Bulikov is broken, and the Continent’s people now scrabble to survive. When a noted Saypuri scholar is murdered, intelligence operative Shara Thivani and her “secretary” Sigrud step in and quickly find themselves plunged into a divine mystery that whispers of old secrets long buried.
This thrilling fantastical spy novel was a treat to read. Bennett’s world-building is vivid-the history and world cultures are rich, and Bennett expertly weaves the resulting clashes into the story to great effect. I particularly enjoyed the character of Shara–a smart heroine who nevertheless is facing down some significant international and personal problems–yet Bennett portrays even minor characters very well. The balance of character abilities and circumstances–not to mention the fantastic secrets–make this a compelling read. Recommended.