The book is not bad. I read book two first, as I found it at a going out of business sale, and loved it. If I had read book one first, I am not sure if I would have been too enthused about reading book two, so I am glad I went out of sequence. Book one must have been a great learning experience for Mr. Buchanan, because book two is tremendous.
I prefer my fantasy without elves and orcs and with low magic, and this fits the bill nicely in that regard. I also appreciate how technology is handled; there are wonderful advancements and yet they are still very primitive by our standards. Guns, airships, and pharmaceuticals all play a definite yet unsophisticated role.
I recommend this book. Even if you read it as a bridge to the next book, it will be worth it.
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Tor (5 March 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230744818
- ISBN-13: 978-0230744813
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.5 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 762 g
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