The Skewed Throne is perfectly readable as a stand-alone novel, but also smoothly sets the scene for same world sequels. It's a good, though not astounding debut from a writer who shows promise for growth. Palmatier breaks no new ground in fantasy, but does a nice job of creating credible, engaging characters in an interesting setting. He stumbles from time to time, and fails to ever lift the story into must-read territory, but he creates a pleasant narrative. The story and writing are enjoyable, and Palmatier's potential enough to consider buying (or checking out) the next novel in the sequence (which appears to be The Cracked Throne).