I'm not going to be finishing this one or giving it a rating. Sometimes I love, love, love Amy Lane's books and other times I find them harsh reading with the angst levels ramped up way to high. That's what happened for me with this one, I just couldn't read anymore about Dorjan's constant sacrifice and most especially Areau's never-ending need for sexual pain. I got to about page 50 and skimmed the rest of it. Fascinating steampunk work-building but the characterizations were just too over the top for me to settle down and enjoy it.