Fabulous SF story- wonderful characters who battle each other for world domination. Interesting religions, a vampire who is on the side of good, heroic protagonists. Highly recommended, along with McMullen's other SF series which starts with Souls in the Great Machine about a world which lost Tech and is back to primitive power.
Fabulous book- humorous, adventurous fantasy sci-fi- noble characters (even the vampire)fighting villains who want to take over the world. Very enjoyable to read- I didn't want it to end, and went on to Book#2.