I strongly feel that David reaches briefly back to his original style with this book. I appreciate that’s somewhat of a silly comment, considering this is about David’s fourth book, but our heroes are much less dark, much more like the heroes in Legend.
The story is fast paced, lively and full of character and characters. The plot is simple, but I was drawn in through that simplicity. The characters are believable (in as far as any of David’s characters are), and we come to learn about them throughout the book. Dreams are shattered, legends made, and as usual, lots of people die, the ending however, is not quite as bitter-sweet as some of the other books. Not his best, but still better than much of the competition.
(This review was written sometime in the late 90’s for the original Gemmell Mania website)