Jan 05, 10
Read in January, 2010
As the second book in the second trilogy, I felt this wasn't as strong as some of Stirling's other stuff. His villains are still creepy, but his heroes seem less human, almost, and there's at least one scene that feels as if it was lifted wholly from Fellowship of the Ring (Rivendell, anyone?). Also, although I'm glad he's stopped trying to sell me Wicca, it feels like now he's trying not to alienate anyone at all; everybody has a seat in this book, which is fine, except for the fact that you get the feeling Stirling is just trying to sell his book to the broadest audience possible rather than focus on a really good story. I hope the conclusion is stronger, but I still recommend this series.