Jon Creffield has spent many years honing his skills by writing and editing fantasy gaming scenerios for some leading gaming companies. His experience really shows in this book, which creates a wonderful other-world. I really longed to be able to spend more time there, just wandering about and discovering more about the city, the country, the people, their culture and religion. It is fascinating. He is also excellent at creating blow-by-blow realistic fights. The story is very exciting, also horrible and disturbing so be prepared! The characters are very engaging and develop through the story - I hope there is a sequel because I would love to know more about them.