Critical Blast: Pedersen's writing is replete with solid characterizations, blending just the right amounts of adventure, drama, melodrama, intrigue and humor, the likes of which I have not encountered since having read Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's DRAGONLANCE CHRONICLES. In fact, were Raistlin and Caramon to somehow walk onto the set of ANGST, they'd likely feel right at home. It's this blend of writing elements that keeps the pages turning, bonding the reader with the characters just as surely as Angst bonded with Chryslaenor -- right down to the separation anxiety when the end of the story separates you from them.
Nerd Trek: It is much darker than its predecessor, but it still has that unique humor that makes Pedersen's writing so enjoyable. One thing that I had forgotten was just how uncomfortable Pedersen can make flirting. I almost found myself screaming at the book several times, frustrated by Angst's ability to not only do the wrong thing, but to choose the most dangerous course of actions when he does flirt. Writing like that is why I read. When a book or an author can cause me that much angst, you know it is good.