Well, after the third book i can rate the book one higher. Maybe it was John Miller or maybe I'm just getting into the character, or maybe i've invested so much time i'm curious as to how the story will end. I think the reason I like this book better was the samurai world. Leigh never makes the mutata or the gairk understandable to the reader, at least with the samuria, we alreardy have an idea what they are like. I hope the last three books in the series Leigh spends time making the mutata understandable.