This book was little more than a long advertisement for the computer game of the same name. I have seen some pretty lame advertising techniques for computers games, but this is one of the lowest. It appears that the only reason for this book was to lend credibility to the computer game. Have you ever seen a movie and wondered if the only reason they made it was to sell the action figures, the toys, and other associated merchandise? That is the feeling you get from this book. The story is one cliche after another. Worse than that, these cliches have been done better in fan-fiction you can find on the web. It feels like the story was very rushed and it is about as deep as a bird bath. I bought the book because I had seen it on display at a gaming convention, and that was a terrible mistake. The authors should take the time to research how people fought with the types of weapons his characters use in the books. To anyone that knows anything about those types of weapons, the fight scenes were an absolute mockery of reality. Considering how many people are knowledgeable on this subject these days, I don't see why authors don't at least take the time to read up on the subject and maybe talk to a few people who know about that type of combat. This lack of research was just another example of the "rushed" feel to the book. One can only guess it was pushed to print just to give the computer game a little PR.
I loved this book it was fast all the way to the end. the fighting seens were very realistic in that even the best of there fighters knew the limits.Any way I have always enjoy richard A. knaaks books this one is no exception the only thing missing from it was the ability to countinue it.
If you love intense fighting scenes and lots of em this book is for you!! If there is one thing I like in a fantacy book it is a lot of different creatures and this book has a lot of different creatures. Overall this is fantastic book.