Transgressions (I read the the paperback) by Phill Berrie built a wonderful world and drew me in. There’s magic(k), but I believed it. The main character is complex, and flawed, and deep. Indeed, all the characters felt real, as if their histories extended well beyond the pages of this book. The story is rich and textured and disturbing, and it drew me along. The pacing sped up towards the end and I wanted more. There’s lots to like, but I particularly enjoyed a very one-sided conversation, and a god in a strange court.