I always did wonder how Shahrazad kept up night after night for over three years without accidentally spinning a story she had already told. I can barely remember what I did yesterday, much less whether I've told people a story already or not.
One thing I can't quite decide about is the issue of Marjan's crippling and how it was used in the book. Was it used just to give Marjan her own chance for personal growth? Or was it used well, portraying a character who doesn't let her physical defects define her? I'd like to think it was the latter, but I'm not sure. All her anguish towards the end sort of seemed to come out of nowhere to me, or was at least not proportional to the hints dropped earlier in the book.
Still, although I ended up being far more interested in the adventures of the man who rescued the women of the city from the king's murder spree, I enjoyed this book very much.