Not up to Modesitt's best.
A better book than its predecessor, but that's a low bar.
A long and tedious slog through Rhenn's day to day activities.
Tedious and slow going.
Looking for a pastiche of Roger Zelazny stories?
Only for true Modesitt completists, and perhaps not even for them.
There's a decent story here, but it could and should have been told in 200 pages, instead of well over 600 of excruciating minutiae.
A strong fantasy with a very familiar tone.
A painful read, and a big disappointment.