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Avoid! Shapeless rubbish by a writer with real but wasted talent
on 20 November 2013
I liked the first book, tolerated the second (barely), but was tempted by this. I forced myself to finish it, only for the meagre pleasure of writing this review. It is shapeless and confusing. The main characters do spend all their time running about, believing each other to be dead, hiding implausibly, and so on. Too many new characters who are hard to distinguish from each other. The suggestion that this is a standalone book, which could be read separately from the others in the series, is laughable.
And yet Dalquist is a good writer with a powerful imagination, and I do love the original scenario and the alternative world he has created. This feels like a contractual obligation, right down to the padding for length. I hope he will get on and write something else good now.