That’s really an aside to this book. The Gifts create perceptions and define alliances. Orrec’s mother is a lowlander, and that quirk of his birth means that he needs to question everything about the life that he lives, and how his Gift plays into that. This is really a coming of age story, and a good one, if a little short. This is part of a larger series, and I would like to read the rest of the books, because I do find myself wanting more.