Wow! I have not read the first in the trilogy so I was a bit lost at first, but I was able to quickly and easily put the pieces together and enjoy this story. A very good mixture of family loyalties, politics, betrayal, love, and the fact that the truth will always come out, is exactly what is in this book. This book was great and I will definitely be picking up the first one to see the part of the story I missed. Love this book!