I like fantasy and science fiction. I don't mind crazy premises, or mixing science and magic, or any number of impossible things. What don't I like? An author working out their weird psychodrama in their book, and not being at all subtle about it. I really enjoyed the first book in her "Celts in Space" series (The Copper Crown) - not great lit by any means, but a fun read. But the series went down hill, and it hits rock bottom in this over-sized turkey. Who needs a heroine who is not at all heroic? Not me. (if you ignore my warnings and read this book, wait until you get to the scene with the bees.) I kept this book on my shelf for many years, just so I would remember to avoid purchasing any more titles from the author.