More of a Victorian novel than fantasy. The story follows a young woman, Eliste, of the privileged class of her world, who travels to the capital city on the verge of a revolution. A French-style revolution takes place, with hints of the Holocaust and the Bolshevists, which turns Eliste's world upside-down. The fantasy manifests in the fact the upper class, or Exalted, possess hereditary magic powers. Or rather they used to, because their powers have all but disappeared.