I love the Ile-Rien universe and the various inhabitants. I first became familiar with it when I read "The Death of the Necromancer", loved it, and emailed Martha Wells asking if there were any more Nicholas Valiarde books. She replied no, but suggested that I try "The Wizard Hunters" which featured Nicholas's daughter Tremaine. I'm glad I did. The book does start off somewhat slowly, with two seemingly disparate viewpoints, but I'd read a review that addressed this and that urged the reader to stick with the book, as this would resolve itself in a few chapters and then proceed to take you on a great adventurous ride. It did, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one, "The Ships of Air".