Again Garric's allies--including some interesting new helpers--are widely scattered in a tangle of linked storylines and headlong action, featuring many exhilarating fights against monsters, chimeras, phantoms, revenants, Hairy Men, Scaly Men, a cyclops, wicked wizards, and the book's two biggies: the unspeakable Beast which demands a diet of young girls, and the title's evilly beautiful, demon-spawned Queen. At regular intervals characters fall through another magic portal to find themselves in a new plane or dimension or hell world, there to discover mislaid friends, deadly peril, or more likely both.
Drake keeps his narrative bowling along with plenty of colour, occasional doses of practical politics, and no time at all for boredom. Arbitrary transitions and wild coincidences make it seem slightly tongue in cheek, a soap-operatic entertainment with an endless series of vicious villains to be zapped, outwitted or skewered with a trusty blade. At the very end, with Good seemingly triumphant, up pops another one:
The wizard stood on the back of the monster he had called to him. He raised his head, and the heavens echoed with his laughter.
More in book three ... --David Langford