I can see it now: A Tank being assembled ten minutes before battle; giant crane arms pull components from large steel truck boxes and slap them together like legos, finally the cockpit, complete with driver is inserted, and a conveyer belt sends it out of the garage - ready to be driven to the front. Very cool, very futury, well balanced and pretty original. I like it.
Now, this is a sub that I would love to see turned into a book one day. It's too bad that the complete subjugation of Asleanna didn't have any impact on the crown itself, though; I would have liked her death to make more of a mark. Though I suppose that her will would have been returned to her with the King's death? Hmmmm. Wonder if she managed to get away?