Although not listed as such, I would consider this book to be the fourth book in the Conclave of Shadows series. While Feist chooses to introduce yet more people to his series, the former main characters of the other Conclave of Shadows books are also used, but the story appears to be Feist' main goal now, and not the individual characters. This makes many of them slightly two-dimensional, but more than good enough to fully appreciate the story. The Talnoy and the Dasati are not forgotten as they battle in the intrigues of Kesh, and the battle against The Nameless God and his minion Leso Varen continues. The next installment might very well take us back to Kelewan, not much used since the Empire series. Feist is still continuing the story that began with Magician, tryining out new techniques, but he is still one of the best fantasy writers out there. This is a must-read for all Feist fans.