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An excellent read
on 26 May 2001
This is the first book I've read by David Drake, and I was so impressed that I'm now planning to go out and buy some more - starting with the rest of this series.
The characters in the book were all well developed, and they changed and grew throughout the course of the book. Death wasn't just limited to the 'bad guys' - something which sadly often isn't true of many books - which made the book much more powerful.
The imagery was strong, with many scenes described so well that I could almost close my eyes any picture them. At the same time, there wasn't so much detail that it bogged down the storyline. The story moved fast enough to keep a readers interest without sacrificing the storyline in favour of action. Some people might find the multiple viewpoints somewhat confusing and possibly even irritating, but I have always enjoyed this style of writing.
The sheer amount of magic in the story might put some people off, but personally I found it made the book even more enjoyable. It had well laid out and consistent format, which made it easier to suspend disbelief while reading. The use of real words from spells dating back to classical times was another nice touch.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading fantasy, although I'd also suggest that they start with the first book in the series - a piece of advice which I failed to follow, although as the book can also stand on its own it was easy enough to pick up the essentials of plot and characters from the previous book.