This is another wonderful atmospheric book in Mr Pattison's 'Shan' series. Somewhat shorter than the earlier books in the series, but it took only a few lines to capture my attention and transport me to the mountains of Tibet. The characters are well drawn and the descriptions of the towns, villages and people are very evocative. But what a vision of Tibet it is. In the Author's Note at the end of the book we are reminded that the author has not exaggerated the oppression of the indigenous Tibetan people. I almost felt like a voyeur, and guilty for deriving so much pleasure from reading the book. Nevertheless I eagerly await the next episode in Shan's life and recommend this good read.