|Submitted by DragonReader |
(Apr 14, 2006)
Let me start by saying I am a huge fan of RAS and would recommend almost all of his books, including this one. However, having said that, I was a little disappointed with this novel. Don't get me wrong, it was a good story (and a fun read), but there were a few things that bothered me.
First, the plot was a little lacking. This was basically a dungeon crawl (which I must admit is not my favorite type of story) and on that level it succeeded quite nicely. But the story lacked the depth I have come to expect from RAS. The characters, while interesting felt a little flat to me. And second, the level of magic was too high. I never felt like the characters were in any danger as whenever there was the potential for danger they seemed to pull another magic item out of their seemingly endless supply. Finally, Jarlaxle's character in this book seemed a little silly at times.
But these deficiencies were made up for by some of the strengths of the book. For one thing, nobody does action like RAS. And this book has lots of action. The fight sequences are well thought-out and wonderfully written. Second, although Jarlaxle's character wasn't as good as I hoped in this story, Artemis Entreri's character continues to develop and was faced with an interesting internal conflict. I really enjoyed seeing how he developed over the course of the book. Finally, as although the plot wasn't all that deep, it was a fun little story.
So, overall, while I was not blown away by the novel, I did find it high enjoyable. If you like action and adventure, you will most likely enjoy this book.