Zoe Ardelay lives in a little quiet village with her father who at the start of this story has just died. We learn that they were in hiding as her fat..Show More »her had been banished from his position as advisor to the King. A couple of days after her fathers funeral when Zoe is mired in grief a powerful man named Darien Serlast turns up and tells her she is to become the king's 5th wife and must leave immediately.
The story line takes Zoe though her decision not to marry the king and her life as she slips away and becomes a drifter living and sleeping on the river side. You watch her slowly grow and gain a backbone, managing the political environment in which she finds herself.
Sharon Shinn has developed a detailed believable world with a religion and life style. The story gains momentum slowly and is not action packed. It has a slowly developing romance which can been seen coming early on.
The narrator is of a fair standard although, she doesn't have a wide rang of accents or tones.
Overall a good listen, definitely not action packed, in my view.