As a massive fan of 'The Deed of Paks...' I was very excited to find this book, unfortunately I was sorely disappointed. I wish that someone had told me not to bother with this book, hence this review. The book basically fills in how 'Gird' rose up to become such an influencial figure in his time. I found the book mechanical, unwieldy and cumbersome, and actually really boring. I had to force myself to read it and if it hadn't been written by this author I would have given up long before the end. When I finally finished it all I could think was what a waste of both mine and the author's time. If you have read 'The deed of Paks...' then DO NOT bother reading this book, and if you haven't read 'the deed' then get out there and buy it and DEFINITELY don't read this book!