First of all, I consider Jack Vance to be one of the great prose fiction writers. I have savored nearly everything he has written. Reading Vance can, at times, evoke in me a heightened emotional state. Tim's first two novels, Zael Inheritance and Dragonchaser, took me to the same place. Dragonchaser is the second Stretton novel I have read. I really enjoyed the Zael Inheritance, but Dragonchaser is even better. While Tim Stretton's writing is influenced by Jack Vance, I would not consider him derivative. He has his own voice. Can't wait to read Dog of the North, will review when finished. Keep them coming Tim!