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The fairy is back, and boy does she have plans, big naughty plans.
And who should be interfering with her plans and her girl talk with the sphinx Enid but femme fatale Lloth who gated in a massive horde to the world of greyhawk to invade, plunder, destroy, invade, plunder, destroy, invade, plunder, destroy, ..., well, you get the idea.
Unfortunately, the book has several illogical development. Even with Flanaess in general turmoil in the aftermath of the Greyhawk wars, could such an invasion be unnoticed and unheeded by the powers that be ?
Second, Justicar and his band certain came a long way since their adventure in White Plume mountains, but to take on Lloth and her minions in her lair? While the author did not overload the characters with too many powerful weapons (staff of lich, wand of frost, super-sword Benellux, sentient hell-hound pelt etc doesn't seem to count for too much against demons), readers get a dissatisfied feeling that the foes they faced were just
too wimpy. But then, this is Greyhawk, not Forgotten Realms or
However, breaking Enid from the afterlife was just a tad too much.
Otherwise, it is a rather interesting book, with realisitic development between characters, romance, seduction, anger, possessiveness, honour and what-nots. The author gave a good account of Justicar's past and his recognition of the flaws of his previous mentor Recca. Romance between human and sphinx is a new avenue, but so far, little words were used as judiciously possible, after all, what can a teenager say to an all-wise sphinx? Even Cinders have some development of its own, learning several suprising tricks.
While readers would enjoy the characterisation, veterans would feel cheated by the less than titanic battle between the rangers' band and the queen of the demonweb pit.