I gave up on this book as soon as Zamia showed up. Well, okay, not as soon as. I gave up after about ten pages of listening to the main character belittle her, call her a savage, accuse her of bad manners, insist she abide by his 'civilized' customs, and then make fun of her customs simply because she's from a tribal society. Sorry, but casual misogyny and racism weren't on my agenda for today.Add that to the fact that the opening was slow as molasses and the characters spent way too much time monologueing? This story had an interesting concept, and I would love to see more books set in this sort of setting, but the execution was just downright painful.