The line I think nailed it is this: "What I like most about this setting is that despite being fantasy, the
how’s and why’s are very plausible and ‘real’ feeling. The setting
‘makes sense’ is maybe the best way to put it. It is not a world so much
recovering from a magical apocalypse, but a mature world that long ago
learned to live with its new conditions. Life has adapted to this set of
circumstances, and it is once again about to flourish. It is a game of
life – commerce, warfare, and politics play important roles."