Bold mix of elements that are diverting and highly entertaining.The worldbuilding is great with a melange of Errol Flynn, LOTR and Peter Pan. I love sailing, so this story immediately made me excited when it turned course during the exploration of the Ys isles. In contrast to Axholme, the militaristic country holding off the Empire's advances, the bucolic beauty is gorgeous and reminds me of sailing island to island in the Caribbean.The development of Celyn and Sjurd's relationship is wonderful. Paced beautifully, and just humorous to watch. The transition from bickering allies to lovers is filled with both heartache and joy. This isn't all about romance, it has a strong action/adventure emphasis as we become acquainted with the heroes through the warring plot. Plus, I like the fact that it was more of a political than front lines story.