I first read this book during college and have gone back to it to reread the entire book, and passages since. The combination of the past and the future, fantasy and science fiction, is, at times, awkward but the author manages to overcome this problem with a powerful dream-like vision of nightmarish landscapes and creatures. The images invoked by Hosdgson's writing are right out of a bad dream; tall, cloaked, grim reaper-like figures gliding along a distant road on a mission unknown to the hero; distant dark, houses through whose windows occasional lights can be seen. These images, and many more like them, invoke a unique feel about this book.
The story begins rather slowly but soon develops into a tale of a hero and heroine, a quest, and a disturbing array of creatures straight out of Hodgson's imagination. This is not a book to rush through and, in my humble opinion, is best read at night. Highly recommended for reader's of classic fantasy such as Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" and Eddison's "The Worm Orobouros".