This is a detective story/murder mystery in a fantasy setting. This is not high fantasy with non-human peoples; this is only fantasy in that the locations don't exist anywhere on earth & never have. There's nothing really identifiable relating to any real-world locale, and the cultures depicted don’t feel like any specific ancient/medieval earth culture (that I’ve read about previously anyway), so Newton has done a good job from the originality standpoint.
It's an interesting book from the mystery standpoint also. The author does not cheat; there's no magicking the bad guy into confessing, just good detective work and persistence. The clues are there to follow if you pay attention, but they are not completely obvious. Lucan and Leana both have personality, and so do the non-leading characters; everyone is pretty well fleshed out so you can get a feel for them. There’s also a twist at the end. I enjoyed this one as much as I did the first one in the series. -LP