This is Hard Historical Fantasy with a storyline that takes you through many long forgotten customs from far corners of the world. We have a fighting royalty, archers and ordinary people, soldiers and sailors, officers and courtesans. The story centres on the early voyages of European traders to Eastern cultures
Although not intended as a YA novel, the book does develop the characters of two of the main heroes. However their skills are already well established – people grew up early 800 years ago.
The author spends considerable time in research and testing his story lines, ensuring the accuracy of descriptions, customs, tactics, titles, languages, sailing, combat and emotions. The reader should not notice this, being enveloped in a story which is fast paced and contains many characters, however following one central theme.