Not a great read for me. If you like reading about sailing and the strategies of warfare connected to galleys and galleons then have fun. It was not my cup of tea. To add to the confusion there are no less than 7 1/2 pages of characters listed at the end of the book. I found I had to use this resource all the time as characters were referred to by their status, their first name, their family name or even their job. Choppy little chapters that jump all over the place add to the reading confusion. I love space operas but once you land on Safehold space is forgotten.