The writing in terms of sentences and paragraphs isn't bad. But the book is so underwhelming as several other reviewers have pointed out. The ending, quite frankly, felt rushed. Honestly, for a better look at a young girl with an older king, check out The Time of Singing, which is a better look at the issue. Characters didn't feel like people, but like puppet. The idea in the ending is interesting, but it didn't feel like it was that important or even that Kat would do it.There is no passion here, really. Not upset that I read the novel, but I could've easily lived without reading it.