It's been a while since we've been graced with a Shadowrun novel, and this one was pretty good. It centers around Talon (from Crossroads and the Dragon Heart trilogy before that), which of course means more high magic. This one is a standard "shadowrun" type story in that it's actually about a team of runners, hired by a Johnson, going on the mission, et al. Why did I like it? The story was interesting, had some different elements that kept you guessing, the characters were good, and it was set in a different location (Germany), which is new as far as Shadowrun novels go. What didn't I like? I'd like to see some new characters! Talon is an interesting focus, powerful mage, neat magic item, etc., but I'd like to see some variety in the SR universe since FASA hasn't been putting out as many novels lately. Final verdict - if you're a fan of the Shadowrun universe, check it out. A key player in the SR mythos is featured that hasn't been used that much, and besides that it's a good story. I just can't wait until the next one!