Like many of the other reviewers here, I love Herbert's early work- The Rats and The Fog were brilliant. What on earth was he thinking with one? A ghost story set in a castle sounded promising, but it turns out its really a haven for those that wish to disappear. We've got Lord Lucan, Gaddafi, a Serbian warlord, Nazis, Hitlers daughter(!!) and best of all Charles and Diana's deformed son and heir to the throne of England. The plot is dreadful, the dialogue could have been written by a 10 year old. Herbert tries to squeeze in as many fears as possible- plane crash, dungeons, rats, spiders, bats, drowning, or my personal favourites the man-eating feral cats. Why does Haelstrom hate Ash so much? Why does the aging hit-man want to blow the castle up? So many unanswered plot-lines. Ash and Delphine profess their undying love for each other within hours of meeting- it really is terrible.
Possibly the worse book I've ever read. Perhaps Herbert had a pressing tax demand and he had to rush someting out? This book cost 20p on my Kindle. I really was robbed.