Top critical review
Not bad, but room for improvement.
29 January 2015
The story itself is all fairly clear cut and easy to follow. Good guys in white hats, bad guys in black hats and no shades of grey in between.
The characters are well developed, but not as strong as major characters in a book should be. James Maxwell manages not to turn the female characters into mere sex objects or scheming bitches like George Martin does, but he fails to make use of the opportunities he sets himself to turn them into really strong characters. Time and again, he puts them in difficult situations, then gives them an easy way out. Having them work their way out of a sticky situation using nothing but their wits would add a lot more depth to the story.