If you like your neo-pagan gothic fantasy liberally sprinkled with feminism, incest, freewheeling sex, and Byzantine political plots, Storm Constantine's Sea Dragon Heir is your perfect ticket. Constantine has a marvelous power of description coupled with a wonderful sense of inventing complex characters. Her creative ability to generate an entire, multifaceted world out of whole cloth is nothing short of miraculous. However, for this specific reviewer, the story's dedication to a gothic worldview with its dark, tragic, and amoral atmosphere, ends up a distraction. Almost without exception, all the major characters are despicable, highly sexualized to the point of caricature and self-centered. A speech by one of the main characters is a summation of their motives: "None of us are divine or righteous. We are all motivated by small concerns ... All we can aspire to is ... greed." The end result is the reader will complete the epic to see how the plot unwinds, but end up caring little for the characters, as complex as they may be. One caveat, readers who are dragon lovers will be disappointed. The resident dragon stays mostly off stage.