This entertaining read follows the military career of Winter Ihernglass, who is quickly shown to be a woman masquerading as a man in this fantasy novel. This episode of her career occurs during a time of upheaval and civil war in the foreign land where she is posted. Winter is quickly overcome by events, and comes to occupy a central position in the campaign led by the new Colonel, Janus bet Vhalnich Mieran.
The way the author approaches the gender masquerade is very well done, and keeps its place as a plot line throughout the story, serving as an extended study of the different ways in which people deal with each other. The characterizations and descriptive style are also well done, giving the story an entirely believable air, easily drawing the reader into the action. I can heartily endorse this book as a good read, and can hope that the series to follow are as well done as this first installment.