I love David Farlands story, and have generally liked his writing style over the last seven books in this series. But this is the most sophomoric, poorly written science fiction fantasy novel I have ever read. It is written as if for a novice reader, where Farland will say something and then follow up with an explanatory sentence. Example, he once says that the provisions on the ship are getting low. Then next sentence says the food and water were running out. As if he thought we didnt know what provisions getting low meant. There are hundreds of examples of this kind of writing throughout. Plus, the story line was weak, and hardly advanced the cause of the overall story much at all. I cant believe the editors let this out for printing, other than that they just wanted our money. Well next time i wont be a fool and buy the hardbound edition, if i buy the next one at all. Highly disappointing. Feel cheated.