THE MERCHANTS' WAR
This fourth book in the Merchant Princes series, although well written and filled with compelling characters, is not a stand-alone novel. But fans of the series will not be disappointed by this action-packed installment. Miriam is so down to earth that readers can't help but identify with her. However, the contemporary world and futuristic structure of the mafia-like clans may be a turn-off for readers who like their fantasy without any science fiction elements.