If I could give this book ten stars, I would have. It is a rare book that will make me care for the society that promotes values so different from my own. I could not believe that I actually sympathized with the society that makes murders for hire part of their everyday life. Um, they call them swordsmen, but to me, really potato - patato.
And I so enjoyed the writing, very very beatifully done.
I highly recommend this book to everybody who loves politics and intrigue. I must warn you though - two male characters love each other, so if you do not like that, do not read this book. There is nothing graphic though.