I am really quite liking this book so far. It appears to be a bit Arabian Nights, a bit Ottoman, a bit Persian and a whole chapter on the pseudo-Jewish state. It's interesting that the special thanks from the developer describes the real world analog of the region as Western Asia, since she grew up in Southeast Asia.
There are two notable new mechanics:
- Mass Battles - In some ways it's treating an army like a simple ship, very few stats, but a number of edges, which can be gained as the army fights succesful battles. I could imagine expanding on it more, if the campaign is going to be a war.
- Poetry Duels - very cool. I think someone could take the ideas from this and apply it to sword duelling
One point of note is that some of the sorceries are available to people from a particular nation or following a specific religion. I could imagine a couple of the existing ones being attached to religions as well.