Kickaha (aka Paul Janus Finegan) as Philip Jose Farmer notes, is a thinly disguised alternate self who has by now become the focus of the series. He’s a relatively amoral trickster-type, constantly getting into scrapes, but escaping through native cleverness and charm. He’s not, unfortunately, likable or credible.
The situation isn’t helped by Farmer’s fairly impractical teleportation mechanism – pairs of match metal arcs. It doesn’t make much sense, and Farmer essentially recognizes this, allowing the once-rare arcs to multiply without regard for logic. At certain points, the action was unclear enough that I lost track of what was happening, but didn’t particularly care. All in all, a haphazard and uninteresting sequel.
I received a free copy of this
book in exchange for an honest review.