Undemanding light fantasy.
I found the book a severe disappointment.
A pleasant, modest entry in the genre.
If you like gangster stories with a touch of fantasy, this might be right up your alley.
I didn't find the characters engaging enough, or the magic intriguing enough, to draw me into the story, and without that, the politics just wasn't very interesting.
In the end, the book left me with little trace of its passage.
Handman is a very smooth, engaging writer, and while I didn't love the setting, the book mostly works.
There's no denying that Parker is a good writer, and that he's got this interesting character down to a T. I just wish he'd move on to U and V and W.
There's a host of clever ideas in here, but they're all mixed together in a murky mess, and none of them is properly developed.
A good book for intelligent teens, but marred by sloppy plotting.
A fine series to end with. I'm looking forward to the last book.
Only for true Modesitt completists, and perhaps not even for them.