Buchanan’s first outing as a fantasy author features strong worldbuilding and workmanlike prose. Buchanan borrows heavily from a variety of Eastern philosophies, while using the multiple points of view and secondary plotlines to develop his world and characters. These characters, even the slightly cartoonish villains, are well rounded and believable as a result, and the narrative moves smoothly since there is no need for pages of tedious details. This is a strong, impressive debut novel and a series worth keeping an eye on. Kudos to Buchanan!