I enjoyed this second volume in the Longdirk series, but at times the road story seemed a bit of a trudge. Duncan brings in a version of Don Quijote, and while he does it well, it initially felt a bit random, and I questioned its inclusion. In the end, Quijote (or Don Ramon, as he’s known here) becomes quite central, and I assume the chance to play with him was part of Duncan’s impetus for writing the book.
That aside, Duncan does find ways to develop the demonic possession theme with a few interesting twists. Tobias himself doesn’t change much, and at times verges on stagnant, but overall interesting things happen to him (and Hamish), and the story moves smoothly. Not the strongest of Duncan’s books, but not the worst, and a decent middle book in the trilogy.