After reading this, I'm left with the simple sentiment: the book was fine. It was not moving, exciting, fast-paced, particularly well written, deep, thought-provoking, or inspiring. However it was not entirely terrible either. I read this book as just something to take up time. And that's about all the story is; something to take up time. The characters were varied... but stereotypical. There was the queen who was trying to be good, but in over her head. There was the dashing and handsome, utterly good, second in command Geoffrey. And there was the malicious, do anything to get rid of the queen, religious leader Dathan. That's about all there was. The plot was predictable... and didn't go anywhere. The back blurb talks about magic and its unusual results... yet the Queen's magic left me wanting. There was not a large role for it; just one or two key parts. I also found the author added too much details and scenes for no purpose. It was more overkill than adding depth. As well there was no conclusive ending.
Overall the book was a good time-waster. Something to do on a snowed in day. Not much else.