The world-building was well done and realistic. I don't consider this a romance. There wasn't a HEA and while there was a love-interest, the story focused on Anya and not just on the couple. I'm not sure I'm satisfied with the ending, but there's going to be a sequel and at least it didn't have a cliff-hanger ending. I won this through the goodreads first-reads program on 9/6/11.