Great story, exceeded my expectations which were pretty high as i really love almost all the characters and appreciate the wildly imaginative story humor and often hilarious dialogue. Wish Claver was used more and better but loved having more about other characters like Harris Sargon and even the weasel windlass. Glad we had less turov who was often annoying in prior outtings. James is one of my fav characters ever and he is actually even more engaging as a higher ranking officer. Battles including training were very well portrayed. Larson is to be congratulated on another difficult to put down read. I almost reread books but finding enjoy these enough and they contain enough twists to make it a worthwhile option. Can't wait till next book.