"Sharra's War is an intriguing and beautifully told story..."
And then there was the "but." Not something really fixable, because the agent went on to say:
"...we did not connect with it as deeply as we had hoped."
So, I take this to mean that--yes--this story really is ready for submission. I just need to find the agent or editor that will truly connect with it. Not such an easy task, but I'm feeling up to it.