I gave this book four stars despite my reservations. So I'll dispense with those first: its a collection of stories that reminds me more than anything else of the Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories by Fritz Leiber. Only not as accomplished. Adrian Cole's prose can seem hasty, sometimes clumsy and the stories can leave you a bit unmoved at times because some of the characterisation is shallow/cliched.
Those things said, it is fiercely wierd and inventive. The stories take place in a multiverse joined by the ubiquitous astral plane, allowing those with sorcerous powers and innately magical beings such as the many and varied gods to easily transition from one place to another. This allows Cole's cool and crazy inventions...pocket worlds, floating island universes, worlds within living bodies...to shine and delight. The main characters are less sketchily conceived than the mostly stock wierd fantasy supporting cast. The likeable little familiar Elfloq's quest to help his master, the amnesiac and fate-bound Voidal, reverse his fate at the hands of the "Dark Gods" is entertaining enough and ties the disparate stories together efficiently.
The book is not brilliant but it's creative and quirky and easy to get through quickly. In the end, whatever it failed to do, it left me with lots of cool little images, memorable settings and a lasting fondness for Elfloq and the endless weird worlds of Adrian Cole's imagination.