Having become a Grant fan after For Fear of the Night, this book both delivers and comes up short. Again, I'm amazed at Grant's ability to craft words...he's terrific at it. I suspect that he could make a recipe for boiled brussel sprouts read well. However, this story is so-so at best. Giant eagles and indian curses aside, it takes way too long to get going and when it finally does, you sort of wonder why you're going that way after all. Still, it's better than the brussel sprout thing.