I've learned by now with A.E. Marling that the only thing I can expect about his books is that they'll be nothing like what I expected them to be. Oh, and that they'll be VERY good. But mostly that they won't be anything like I expected.
And I LOVE that. I've read so many books that I find very little surprises me. A.E. Marling always has, so far.
This is a gloriously unexpected, fragrantly delightful banquet.