When I first saw this book popping up in discussion via a Facebook group I belong to, I decided that I wanted to read it even though it is not historical fiction but rather a historical fantasy tale. So, I put it on my radar to be read when time allowed. However, the forces of the universe deemed it was time when I won a copy of the book, and so as to not disrupt those forces, I disrupted my schedule instead; gladly as it turned out. It is a gripping tale that held my interest from the beginning and kept me thoroughly entertained. The main character, Kassia is struggling just to survive day to day living with no real prospects for the future. Then a stranger appears and offers her a job that will pay enough to see her and her sister Irisa through for quite a while. What she doesn’t realize is that this sets off a chain of events that changes her life forever. The story is compelling, the characters are well written, the imaginative settings and differing cultures the author conjures up make this a truly excellent read. Part of the blurb for the book states that Kassia is a thief. That is certainly true as she stole my heart along the way. 4.3 stars I am looking forward to the sequel.