The second in Juliet E. McKenna's Aldabreshin Compass series. Here we have Kheda, central character of the previous book, struggling to balance the interests of his new realm, his new wife, and the woman he loves (it's a polygamous society, so the love-life issues are somewhat different from those faced by Jane Austen's characters, but they are not absent). Also there is a dragon or two, and a conflict between a highly scientific concept of magic and a superstitious society that wants nothing to do with it.
I enjoyed this more than the first of the series - didn't take as long to get going, and the whole thing drew me in more. Good stuff.