When I was a teen, I read and re-read the stories of the Chesuli and Tiger and Del. So, I was happy to discover Jennifer Roberson had released a trilogy that I'd not read.
Switching between multiple viewpoints in quick succession, at times the Karavans feels like this book exists just to set the stage for the later volumes in the trilogy. Much of Karavans is spent waiting for the metaphorical shoe to drop, for the named and personified area of "other" called Alisanos to start to start walking. It's no secret how the book ends if you have read the cover blurb for the 2nd in the series, but it's an enjoyable ride to get there.