I think this is my fifth time reading this book, but since it's now goodreads official I'll write a real review. I read this book as a variety starved teen in Yellowstone. Considering that it's an epic fantasy written by three people not really in that genre (Mercesdes Lackey maybe, but Eric Flint writes sci-fi and David Freer writes satire) it was deffinitly different. Ten years later I still love it. The story is set in alternate history Venice (!!!) and stars a huge cast that due to outrageous manerisms I can keep strait. It's good vs. evil in a big way. I would call this the popcorn fluff of epic fantasy. If you don't want to get into that draggy stuff that they're coming outwith over the last two years, this is a good series to read.